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by Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm •  Published: November 19, 2010
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“You couldn't ask for a better circumstance, playing in the Garden against one of the hottest teams in the game,” Brooks said.

The story will be even better after the Thunder's 89-84 win over the Celtics. And it was Harden's two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining that sealed the win.

“It'll be a great story,” Harden said.

THUNDER TO SERVE MEALS

The entire Thunder roster is scheduled to help serve early Thanksgiving dinners to homeless and near-homeless people on Tuesday at the City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City. The visit is part of the organization's 2010 Thunder Holiday Assist, which includes several community-outreach events aimed at positively impacting lives.

“The Holiday Assist is a core part of the Thunder's commitment to the community, particularly in helping Oklahomans facing serious challenges during the holiday season,” said Thunder community relations director Christine Berney.

This will be the second year that the Thunder has served meals at the Mission.

BRIEFLY

In back-to-back games, the Celtics dodged No. 1 overall pick John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Durant, both missing their team's respective games because of sprained ankles. … Just before tipoff, Rivers presented Paul Pierce with a ball commemorating his 20,000th point. Pierce, who achieved the milestone on Nov. 3 and became the 36th NBA player and only the third Celtic to do so, received a standing ovation from the crowd. … New England Patriots wide receiver and Heritage Hall alum Wes Welker attended Friday's game. Welker, a big Thunder fan, wore a Thunder hat to the game.

QUOTABLE

Boston center Shaquille O'Neal to Brooks before the game — “I used to kill you.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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