Oklahoma Thunder top Boston Celtics in Kendrick Perkins' homecoming

Published: Monday, Jan. 16 2012 11:59 p.m. MST

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.

76ERS 94, BUCKS 82: At Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and Andre Iguodala had 21 to help the 76ers beat the Bucks and remain unbeaten at home.

Iguodala went 9 of 14 from the floor hours after he was chosen as part of the 20-player men's Olympic basketball pool. Known as a lockdown defender, he surprised Tobias Harris with a block from behind late in the third.

Andrew Bogut returned from concussion-like symptoms to lead the Bucks with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

MAGIC 102, KNICKS 93: At New York, Ryan Anderson scored a career-high 30 points, extending his NBA lead with seven 3-pointers, and Orlando completed a perfect four-game road trip.

Taking advantage of extra space as the Knicks focused on Dwight Howard, Anderson went 7 of 13 behind the arc and is now 40 of 93 for the season.

CLIPPERS 101, NETS 91: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 23 points and 14 rebounds and the Clippers beat New Jersey without injured point guard Chris Paul after blowing an 18-point lead.

It was the third straight victory for the Clippers, who never trailed en route to their sixth win in seven games following a pair of ego-inflating wins against the Miami Heat and the Lakers.

MarShon Brooks led New Jersey with 19 points and eight rebounds. Deron Williams finished with 14 points and six assists.

GRIZZLIES 102, BULLS 86: At Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Mike Conley added 20 points and eight assists to help Memphis end short-handed Chicago's five-game winning streak.

The Bulls played without leading scorer Derrick Rose, who missed his second game in the last four with a left toe sprain.

Marc Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds while Marreese Speights finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds as Memphis extended its winning streak to three games.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with 20 points and C.J. Watson finished with 17 points. Taj Gibson had 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting. Carlos Boozer added 13 points and seven rebounds, but was 5 of 12 from the field.

ROCKETS 114, WIZARDS 106: At Washington, Kevin Martin scored 25 points, Samuel Dalembert added 20 and Houston broke away in the third quarter to beat Washington.

John Wall scored a career-high 38 points on 13 of 22 shooting for the Wizards. He began the game making under 35 percent this season.

CAVALIERS 102, BOBCATS 94: At Charlotte, N.C., Kyrie Irving had 25 points and seven assists to lead Cleveland.

The Bobcats led 94-93 with less than two minutes to play, but the Cavaliers closed out the game by scoring the final nine points, getting a pair of key inside baskets from Anderson Varejao, who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

TRAIL BLAZERS 84, HORNETS 77: At New Orleans, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points and Portland snapped a three-game skid.

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