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Thunder Cruises Against Celtics

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One night after Kevin Durant turned in a superhero-like effort to propel the Thunder to a come-from-behind victory in Minnesota, it was far from a one-man show back at The Peake on Sunday.

On the tail end of a back-to-back, the Thunder turned in one of the best overall team performances of the season with a 119-96 drubbing of the Boston Celtics to improve to 4-2 since losing Russell Westbrook.

But just because it was a team-effort doesn't mean there weren't a few high-water individual marks set in the victory.

Reggie Jackson continues to excel in the starting point guard role in Westbrook's absence and he was nothing short of outstanding against Boston, scoring a career-high 27 points on a ridiculous 9-for-12 shooting performance, including a 3-for-3 effort from the 3-point line.

Kendrick Perkins was a little more feisty than usual on offense against his former team, scoring a season-best 12 points with six rebounds and doing it on a nice variety of low-post moves with solid efficiency both offensively and defensively.

Serge Ibaka was hot, as well, with 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks on 8-of-13 shooting and Jeremy Lamb added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Oh, and last but not least, Durant wasn't too bad either on the heels of his 48-point showing against the Timberwolves. KD had a well-rounded outing with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Durant likely would have flirted with a triple-double had the score not been so out of hand that he spent the fourth quarter cheering from the sidelines.

Oklahoma City (27-7) looked completely unstoppable at times on Sunday and never trailed after a 10-0 run put it on top in the first quarter, outclassing an apathetic Celtic squad that dropped to 13-21 on the year and 5-11 on the road.

OKC's offense was cooking all night, as the Thunder shot nearly 52 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from 3-point range (9-for-19) and spread the wealth efficiently with 28 assists on 43 made baskets.

The Thunder even tied its season-best scoring performance in a half by putting up 66 in the opening two quarter to take a 10-point lead into the break, eventually leading to its third-highest point total of the season.

Avery Bradley and former Thunder starter Jeff Green led the Celtics with 19 point each, while Jordan Crawford scored 17 as Boston lost its fourth-consecutive game.

Oklahoma City will aim for its third-straight win on Tuesday when it travels to Utah to face the struggling Jazz at 8 p.m.

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