Boston led by 21 points at halftime, but Oklahoma City closed the gap with a 25-15 third quarter. The Celtics survived 34 points from Kevin Durant and a double-double from Russell Westbrook (16 points, 10 assists).
Ray Allen continued his hot shooting, leading the Celtics with 19 points. Paul Pierce (17 points) and Rajon Rondo (1o points) were the only other Celtics in double figures. Rondo also added 10 assists for his fourth double-double in Boston’s first seven games.
Boston’s bench played a pivotal role in the win. Filling in for an injured Shaquille O’Neal, Semih Erden scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds in just 14 minutes. Nate Robinson finally shot well, making four of his seven shots for nine points. Glen Davis (eight points, five rebounds) and Marquis Daniels (seven points) also played well.
Boston heads to Dallas for tomorrow night’s matchup with the Mavericks.