Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, who finished with six points, eight rebounds and 16 assists, extended his double-digit assists streak to 36 games with his 10th assist in the first minute of the third quarter. Only Magic Johnson (46) and John Stockton (37) have longer streaks.
Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins was announced last in pregame introductions and received a loud ovation. That immediately was replaced by groans and boos when he scored five points in the first 7½ minutes. … Former Heritage Hall standout Wes Welker was on hand and cheering for the Thunder. … OKC plays at Philadelphia at 6 p.m. Saturday.
During Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Durant fired a hard pass to the left wing that was deflected out of bounds and struck a woman seated in the front row in the forehead.
A concerned Durant went over and kissed her forehead.
“She was an older lady and she was sitting in the front row and I beaned her with that ball, for sure,” Durant said Friday. “That was one of my harder passes right there. It was unfortunate that she got hit with the ball. I had to make sure she was OK.”
Shortly thereafter, the woman nearly got hit by another ball deflected out of bounds.
“Yeah, I know,” Durant said with a smile.
Was it another pass from Durant?
“Yeah,” Durant admitted. “Maybe I need to just give up the ball and let somebody else handle it. I'm glad she's all right.”
Brooks on how his team will respond Saturday night at Philadelphia after Friday's loss at Boston: “That's the good thing about this team, we forget quick.”