Celtics Win on First Trip to Thunder Country

The Boston Celtics are getting to know what it's like to have everyone shooting for them.

Paul Pierce scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Ray Allen scored 18 points and the defending NBA champions clamped down on Oklahoma City after the Thunder's fast start to run away with a 96-83 victory Wednesday night.

After giving up 29 points in the first quarter, Boston held the Thunder to 25 percent shooting over the next two periods and didn't let them match that point total for the next 26 minutes.

Kevin Garnett added 17 points and eight rebounds, and Kendrick Perkins had 10 points and nine rebounds. Allen also had nine rebounds as four of Boston's starting five had eight or more.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 17 points, but had another poor shooting night in his team's new gym. He went only 6-for-15 and is 18-for-50 this season at the Ford Center. Jeff Green added 14 points for Oklahoma City, and Russell Westbrook finished with 13 after two late 3-pointers.

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