Jaylen Brown (7) of the Boston Celtics is congratulated as he heads to the bench to sit with, from left to right, Jayson Tatum, Derrick White, Al Horford, Kristaps Porzingis and Jrue Holiday during the fourth quarter of the win for 135-100. the Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

BOSTON – Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault compared the Celtics' performance this season to that of a Ferrari.

Boston's latest win over the Thunder gives them another luxury with the playoffs quickly approaching.

Kristaps Porzingis had 27 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to help the Celtics beat the Thunder 135-100 on Wednesday night to secure the NBA's best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Jayson Tatum finished with 24 points and Jaylen Brown added 23 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which won its 11th consecutive home game and improved to 60-16 on the season.

“We deserve this. I think it will possibly make a difference if we move forward with the vision we have for ourselves,” Porzingis said.

Brown likes the progression the team has been making as the regular season winds down.

“We’re not skipping any steps,” Brown said. “Sixty victories. I think we are on the right path. When the playoffs start, we’ll be back to square one.”

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Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said the milestone is another accomplishment his team won't take for granted. But he also said it's not something he wants them to think about.

“It’s very difficult to do. We may never be in this position again,” Mazzulla said. “We talked about it as a team. We talked about it before the game, to try to treat this game as a clincher. Putting it in ourselves so we can do it. I think it was important to simulate this. … We should enjoy tonight, and when we wake up tomorrow – nobody cares.”

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Kristaps Porzingis celebrates after making a 3-pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Brown was questionable entering the game with a sprained left hand. He said he examined it after Boston's win over Charlotte on Monday and described the problem as a sprained ligament.

“I think everything is fine. It’s something I’m not worried about moving forward,” he said. “But it bothered me a little tonight.”

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The Celtics only lost 62 seconds in the game.

Boston led by 16 points in the first half before Oklahoma City cut it to six points in the third quarter. Leading by 10 after three, the Celtics opened the quarter with a 12-4 run to extend their lead to 105-87.

Josh Giddey led Oklahoma City with 17 points. Luguentz Dort added 15 points. The Thunder finished with 14 turnovers and shot just 5 of 24 from beyond the arc.

OKC played without All-Star and leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who sat for the fourth time in five games with a right quadriceps contusion. Jalen Williams missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle.

Daigneault said before the game that the biggest challenge Porzingis has presented this season with the Celtics is his ability to be both a rim protector and floor spacer on a roster full of shooters.

The 7-footer did both in the first half, putting up 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes.

Porzingis also scored one of the Celtics' best offensive sequences. Payton Pritchard dribbled into the box, was stopped under the basket and threw the ball to Sam Hauser in the corner. Hauser quickly swung it to Brown as he crossed half court. Brown then drove and threw a no-look pass behind his head to Porzingis on the wing for his third 3 of the game.

The basket gave Boston a 50-34 lead, their largest of the half. The Celtics took a 61-47 lead into halftime. It was the 50th time this season they scored 60 or more points in the first half, tying the franchise record set last season.

NEXT NBA SCHEDULE

Thunder: At Indiana on Friday.


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Celtics: will host Sacramento on Friday.



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