Durant, Thunder Too Much For Celtics
Making his only appearance at TD Garden this season, Kevin Durant scored 28 points while leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 130-109 win over the Boston Celtics Wednesday night.
Russell Westbrook put up 24 points and Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 17 points for Oklahoma City.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 29 points and Tyler Zeller had 16. The Celtics lost their third game in a row and are now tied with Atlanta for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics played their second game without Jae Crowder, who suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss to the Rockets Friday. Celtics coach Brad Stevens has since said Crowder will miss "a couple of weeks minimum."
Jonas Jerebko, who was expected to see an increased role with Crowder sidelined, was a late scratch with a sore left ankle.
Kelly Olynyk did, however, return to the lineup after separating his right shoulder on Feb. 10 against the Clippers. Olynyk contributed 8 points in 22 minutes vs. the Thunder.
Durant, an impending free agent, was showered with chants of "Come to Boston" while at the free-throw line Wednesday night.
Following a morning shootaround at the TD Garden, the 27-year-old Durant had positive things to say about the city of Boston.
"I like the city a lot," Durant said. "It's cold but they love sports here. It's a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around the city. So yeah, I like it a lot."
Wednesday's game marked Durant's sixth appearance in Boston and his first game action at TD Garden since November 2012.