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Durant-less Thunder rout Celtics

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Serge Ibaka led five Thunder scorers in double figures with 21 points as Oklahoma City routed the Boston Celtics 101-83 despite sitting MVP candidate Kevin Durant.

Durant, who has scored 30-plus points in nine straight games, injured his right shoulder in Wednesday's win over the Spurs. It was the first game in Thunder franchise history without Durant or Russell Westbrook in the lineup.

Jeremy Lamb provided 19 points off the bench and Reggie Jackson tallied 14 points and eight assists in OKC's sixth straight win.

Former Thunder forward Jeff Green paced Boston with 16 points while Rajon Rondo returned from a one-game rest and dished out a season-high eight assists.

Oklahoma City clamped down defensively in the middle two quarters, outscoring Boston 50-31 over that stretch while holding the hosts to just 12-of-39 shooting.

The Thunder led 50-46 at halftime and built a double-digit cushion in the early stages of the third. After a Brandon Bass layup made it 66-55 at 6:20, the Celtics missed eight shots in a row and found themselves down 22 points on Lamb's jumper with a minute left in the quarter.

Boston never made it competitive after that.

Earlier, the Celtics assisted on 10 of their 11 baskets in the first quarter. Rondo and Phil Pressey had four each, while Gerald Wallace went for eight points on just three shots to help Boston to a 28-27 lead after one.

Game Notes

Perry Jones made his third career start in Durant's place and scored 10 points ... Thabo Sefolosha had 13 points for the Thunder ... The Thunder improved to 10-6 all-time without Durant ... OKC has won six of seven over the Celtics ... Boston has lost 13 of its last 15 overall.

01/24 22:34:39 ET

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