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Westbrook's 3s leads Thunder past Celtics 97-88

By Jimmy Golen

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 16 2012 8:45 p.m. MST

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and guard Thabo Sefolosha, left, stop Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen (20) on a drive to the basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

Charles Krupa, Associated Press

BOSTON — Russell Westbrook scored 26 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the final 91 seconds on Monday night to help the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away from Boston and beat the slumping Celtics 97-88.

Kevin Durant scored 28 with seven rebounds for the Thunder, who won their seventh consecutive game. Thabo Sefolosha scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Kendrick Perkins had seven points and five rebounds in his first game back in Boston since the trade that sent him to Oklahoma City and broke up the starting lineup from the Celtics' 2008 NBA championship team.

Paul Pierce scored 24 points, Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 12 rebounds and Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points and 11 boards for the Celtics. Rajon Rondo scored 12 points with nine rebounds and nine assists for Boston, which lost its fifth straight game for the first time in the New Big 3 era.

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