Jackson hit all 10 of his free throws and handed out eight
assists while Morrow went 4-for-5 from 3-point range as the Thunder
won for the first time in six road games this season. Nick Collison
had 12 points and Lance Thomas finished with seven points and career
highs of 13 rebounds and six assists.
Rajon Rondo recorded 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for
Boston in his return to the court after missing one game to have
screws removed from his surgically repaired left hand. Avery Bradley
scored 17 points while Kelly Olynyk, Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger
had 14 apiece for the Celtics, who had won two straight.
Boston led 18-3 midway through the first quarter but the Thunder
crawled back to within 51-42 at the break despite Rondo's 10 points,
eight rebounds and six assists. Jackson scored 14 points in the
third quarter, capping it with a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to put
Oklahoma City up 76-72.
Morrow had 11 points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter
to help push the advantage to 94-81 and he answered Sullinger's
basket moments later with his third 3-pointer of the game to make it
a 14-point bulge. The lead ballooned to as many as 19 points as the
Thunder outscored the Celtics 67-43 after halftime.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Thunder F Perry Jones (knee) and G Andre Roberson
(foot) both missed their fourth straight games. ... Rondo has 4,305
career assists, tied with Paul Pierce for fourth on the Celtics'
all-time list. ... Oklahoma City was 10-of-24 from beyond the arc
while Boston made 9-of-33.
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