â€œYou couldn't ask for a better circumstance, playing in the Garden against one of the hottest teams in the game,â€ 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.
â€œIt'll be a great story,â€ 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.
â€œThe 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,â€ said Thunder community relations director Christine Berney.
This will be the second year that the Thunder has served meals at the Mission.
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. â€¦ 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. â€¦ 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.
Boston center Shaquille O'Neal to Brooks before the game â€” â€œI used to kill you.â€