The Oklahoma City Thunder carry a 46-39 lead over the Boston Celtics into half time of Thunder center Kendrick Perkins' emotional return to the Garden. Perkins was treated to a video salute during the first time out of the game and also received a loud ovation from the Boston crowd.
On the court, the Celtics could have used Perkins as they have desperately tried to hang in against the Thunder. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook lead the way for Oklahoma City at the half with 16 points each. Durant hit 5-11 shots in the first half while Westbrook finished 6-10. Perkins is scoreless in his return but does have four rebounds and a blocked shot in 13 first-half minutes.
Oklahoma City limited the Celtics to just 34 percent shooting in the first half. Paul Pierce leads the Celtics with 11 points while Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal all have six. Kevin Garnett finished the half with four points and five boards.