Without Their Superstars, Thunder Roll Past Celtics
With All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sitting on the bench due to injury, the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Boston Celtics 101-83 on Friday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
Durant missed the game after suffering a shoulder injury on Wednesday night at San Antonio, while Westbrook is still sidelined after knee surgery.
The Thunder literally didn’t need them against the hapless Celtics.
After trailing by one after the first quarter, OKC went on a 14-2 run in the second quarter to take the lead for good, and led 50-46 at halftime.
The Thunder dominated the third quarter, going on a 24-5 run late in the quarter to open up a 22-point lead.
OKC’s biggest lead was 23, and they went on to win by 18.
Five Thunder players were in double figures in scoring, led by Serge Ibaka’s 21 points and 7 rebounds.
Jeremy Lamb came off the bench and scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Three other Thunder starters had double digit scoring nights, with Reggie Jackson scoring 14 points with 8 assists.
Thabo Sefolosha added 13 points, and Perry Jones, who got the start in place of Durant, had 10.
Former Thunder star Jeff Green led Boston with 16 points.
OKC shot 54 percent from the field, and outrebounded the Celtics by 13.
Boston shot just 43 percent from the field made only 5 of 27 from three-point range.
The Thunder completed a season sweep of Boston, and are now 6-0 this season against Eastern Conference teams on the road.
OKC has won six in a row, and will conclude their three-game road trip on Saturday night with a 6:30 tipoff at Philadelphia.
The Thunder are saying Durant is day-to-day with his shoulder injury, and his status is uncertain for the game with the 76ers.
The Thunder improved to 34-10 with the win, the best record in the Western Conference.
Boston dropped to 15-30 on the year.
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