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Jackson, Durant lead Thunder over Celtics 119-96

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm •  Published: January 5, 2014
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Durant didn't record his first field goal until 5½ minutes into the second quarter, but still had 17 points by halftime thanks to 9-of-10 free throw shooting. He sat out the fourth quarter with the game in hand.

Jackson hit six of his first seven shots and was 3 of 3 from 3-point range while scoring 19 in the first half. He surpassed his previous career high of 23 points with 2:57 left in the third quarter, taking a pass from Durant and rising for a one-handed dunk. Jackson, who finished 9 of 12 from the field, said he doesn't feel extra pressure while subbing in the Thunder's starting lineup for Westbrook.

"Pressure bursts pipes or makes diamonds," Jackson said. "I'm cool with it. I put a lot on myself and I expect big things from myself. I'm just happy to have a pretty good game tonight and most importantly come out with another win."

Moments after Jackson's dunk, Ibaka followed with another slam to put Oklahoma City ahead 89-68.

"In that third quarter, they went on that run and we had no answer," Green said. "We came a little bit too attached to our man and let them get easy layups."

Jordan Crawford scored 17 points and Kris Humphries added 14 for the Celtics. Jeremy Lamb scored 13 points and Kendrick Perkins -_playing against his former team -_added a season-high 12 points to go with six rebounds for the Thunder.

NOTES: Westbrook spoke to the media before the game for the first time since his most recent arthroscopic knee surgery and says there's "never a doubt" that he won't be able to return to form. He's already off crutches and is shooting free throws, but says he doesn't know when he'll be able to return to the lineup. The team has said he'll be out through the All-Star break. . Before the game, Green — who began his career with the Thunder franchise before being traded to the Celtics — went over to the Oklahoma City bench to greet some of his former teammates. . Durant was called for a technical foul 71 seconds into the game for complaining about officiating. . Former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo, fired by the team after a 1-12 start in the franchise's first season in Oklahoma City (2008-09), was a color commentator on the Celtics' television crew.