One encounter, if you were brave enough to bear the blowout and still were watching attentively midway through the third quarter, summed up the Thunder’s 105-87 loss to Boston on Friday night at the Ford Center. It came after a whistle with 5:37 remaining in the period. Kevin Durant had just drawn a shooting foul on Celtics forward Paul Pierce, and as Durant marched to the foul line, Kevin Garnett shoved the Thunder’s star with two hands. Durant briefly glared at Garnett before shaking off the slight and walked away. Only Etan Thomas came to the defense of the face of the franchise, chiming in with a too-little-too-late exchange with the Celtics’ forward. The sequence served as the summit of Boston’s bullying of the Thunder. The Celtics embarrassed the home team like it’s never experienced inside the Ford Center this season. Boston led by as many as 24 points, but none of the final statistics account for just how thoroughly Boston physically and mentally manhandled the Thunder. "We let them take us totally out of what we try to do,” said Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison. "Some of that was their intensity defensively. But it seemed like we couldn’t get into any of our stuff on the offensive end because they took us out.” Durant lost his cool two minutes after his run-in with Garnett and was whistled for his first career technical foul after arguing a foul call. Durant, however, called Boston’s trash-talking tactics "fake toughness” and said the antics didn’t throw off the Thunder. "I shouldn’t have got fired up that much. That’s not me...I shouldn’t have pouted like that and got upset,” Durant said. There were plenty of other reasons to be frustrated. The Thunder fell to 10-9 and back to .500 at home (5-5) after again failing to protect its home court. As Oklahoma City watched the Celtics run their offense to the tune of 56.5 percent shooting, leading to seven players finishing in double-digit scoring, the Thunder had only two players score in double digits. Durant had a game-high 36 points, and Russell Westbrook scored 15. No other Thunder player scored more than seven. Boston also out-rebounded the Thunder by 10, tallied 13 more assists (24 to 11) and had a significant advantage in paint points and second-chance points. The Celtics played only one starter, Ray Allen for 3 1/2 minutes, in the fourth quarter. Garnett paced the Celtics with 23 points and eight rebounds. Pierce netted all 21 of his points in the first half. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said his team should learn from how a veteran Boston ballclub approached the final game of a four-game road trip. The Celtics took care of business early and emphatically rather than being satisfied with the six-game winning streak they carried into the game. "They came with a lot of energy, a lot of toughness, a lot of determination and they were focused,” Brooks said. "That’s a competitive team that plays with spirit. It’s a lesson that we can learn. We want to be like that one day.” Text "OKTHUNDER” to 65360 for your chance to win a $100 gift card to the Official OKC Thunder shop. NewsOK Thunder alerts from NewsOK sponsored by Totally Tickets.