By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Oklahoma City beat Boston 91-79 on Sunday. Here’s some rapid reaction:
Nick Collison started the fourth with a smooth jumper and Reggie Jackson followed it up with four straight points, extending the Thunder lead from three to nine. It was the necessary separation needed in this sloppy but highly contested game. Jackson continues to give the Thunder big minutes.
It was over when…
…The Thunder’s Big Three, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Martin, all shook off rough shooting nights and hit a trio of big shots in the final minutes. Martin started it with a 15-footer, Westbrook followed with a layup and Durant closed it out with a silky jumper, bumping the comfortable lead up to 12 with less than four minutes to play, officially putting away the pesky and defensive-minded Celtics.
Star of the game – Kevin Durant
Kind of by default. Durant really didn’t play that well (6-of-16 shooting, 23 points) by his standards. But, at least offensively, neither did anyone else. And Durant was there with big shots and important defensive plays when the Thunder needed it most. Plus, ABC provided us with the highlight of the game, a picture of Durant when he was a child. Looks exactly like you’d think he would:
It was a rough return for Jeff Green. He came off the bench mid-way through the first quarter, received a nice ovation from the OKC crowd, and then pleased the fans even more, throwing up brick after brick. Green went 2-of-11 overall, never finding the offensive rhythm that he’s had over the past few weeks. At halftime, Doc Rivers told ABC’s sideline reporter that Green was probably trying to hard and thinking too much about his return, which affected his play. But he did do this:
Photo of the game
Young Sam Presti is hilarious:
Stats of note
-The teams combined for 32 turnovers. Boston had 18.
-Kevin Durant went 11-of-11 from the line and grabbed 11 rebounds.
-The Thunder’s 91 points were the fewest they’ve had in nearly two months (87 vs Portland on Jan. 13)
-OKC is 28-4 at home this season.
A couple nice KD highlights. First, he crossed up Kevin Garnett…
Then, he dunked on Brandon Bass…
Thunder-Spurs in San Antonio on Monday night. Should be an interesting one, even with Tony Parker out, considering the current state of the NBA standings.