Hugo High School junior Trey Johnson, who scored the winning basket for the opposing team Thursday night in a Class 3A boys state basketball tournament game, was a guest of the Thunder and watched OKC defeat the Boston Celtics 91-79 at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Roughly 2½ hours before the noon tip, Johnson met several Thunder players during their pregame warm-up sessions on the court an hour before the arena doors opened. During the game, Johnson sat courtside with Thunder owners along the baseline near the OKC bench.
Johnson received various gifts, including a shoe autographed by Kevin Durant and the shoes Russell Westbrook wore during Sunday's game that also were autographed.
Johnson was accompanied by his coach Darnell Shanklin and starting point guard Nick Brown.
Former Thunder forward Jeff Green received a warm, albeit brief, ovation when he entered the game with 5:06 left in the first quarter. It was Green's first appearance in OKC since he and center Nenad Krstic were traded to Boston in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson on Feb. 24, 2011.
Green finished with eight points, which included an authoritative dunk on a baseline drive. He shot 2 for 11 from the field, had three rebounds and three turnovers in 28 minutes of play.
“My first time (back), nerves were there, but at the end of the day, I want to win the game,” Green said. “I wasn't really thinking too much about anything else. Feels good to just get it over with.”
The game's most light-hearted moment came when Boston reserve guard and former Dallas Mavericks standout Jason Terry entered the game with 5:19 left in the first quarter and the crowd reacted with a loud chorus of boos when he was introduced.
Terry immediately smiled, shrugged his shoulders with both palms up as if to say “Hey, what did I do?” Terry's reaction immediately drew laughter from the sellout crowd of 18,203.
“Just so many battles when I played these guys with Dallas, and they just don't forget,” Terry said. “I'm just so glad Oklahoma has a team. They have great fans and you realize it every time you come into the building. Whether it's the owner courtside, or the fan in the 30th row, it's all in fun and competition. It's just a great environment.”
Perkins often matched up against his mentor in Celtics center Kevin Garnett, who had 10 points and 11 rebounds, but shot just 5 for 19 from the field.