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WALTHAM — Off the top of his head, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge guessed that maybe 20 players have scored 36 or more points in a game at least twice this season.
He was close. There have been 18.
One is Celtics forward Jeff Green, who accomplished the feat within a span of two weeks, scoring a season-high 39 points at Washington Jan. 22 and then scoring 36 against Philadelphia Wednesday night.
Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kevin Love, and others of that ilk comprise the rest of the list, which is a who’s-who of the NBA’s most elite and consistent scorers.
“I don’t see Jeff as one of those,” Ainge said Thursday.