Dennis Schroder scored 27 points off the Thunder bench, none bigger than the game-winning layup with 8 seconds remaining after a steal of Kemba Walker as the Thunder escaped the TD Garden with a 105-104 victory. Chris Paul added a game-high 28 points for the visitors who came back from a 16-point first half deficit to hand the Celtics their fourth straight loss on the TD Garden floor. Gordon Hayward looked sharp with 24 points in his return to the lineup but Kemba Walker struggled in his third game back from a knee injury (4-of-14 FG), which included the pivotal turnover in the backcourt after the C's appeared to seize command in the final minute.
All five starters scoring in double figures for the C's who have now dropped four of their last five overall and 2.5 games behind the Raptors in the race for the No. 2 seed. The schedule gets no easier this week with trips to Indiana and Milwaukee looming.
WHO: Celtics (42-20) vs. Thunder (39-24) WHEN: 6:00 p.m. WHERE: TD Garden RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub TV: NBC Sports Boston
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis
Thunder G: Chris Paul G: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander F: Lu Dort F: Danilo Gallinari C: Steven Adams