Celtics 96, Thunder 83: Thunder learns hard lesson

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: November 6, 2008 at 12:55 am •  Published: November 6, 2008


"Their execution got better and better as the game went on, and we kind of complied rather than fight through. ...We saw excellent players playing excellent defense. And when you see that you have to execute, you have to be strong and you have to know what’s a good shot and what’s not a good shot.”

Instead, the Thunder continued to take the jumpers Boston wanted it to shoot rather than getting to the rim for easier baskets. It led to a season-low 36.9 shooting percentage.

Kevin Durant finished with a team-high 17 points. Jeff Green (14 points) and rookie Russell Westbrook (13 points) were the only other players in double figures, marking the second time this season only three players finished with 10 points or more.

"We have to work on getting to the basket and work hard on moving the ball and making good cuts in the offense,” said Desmond Mason. "We had too many unforced errors. We had too many turnovers in the second half and that was the game.”

The loss dropped the Thunder to 1-3, a somewhat disappointing beginning that suddenly could be creeping into the territory of last season’s 0-8 start.

"It definitely is (frustrating),” said Durant. "Last year, we had a losing season. We’re 1-3, which is a better start than last season. But to lose like we did and we played so hard early on, to be almost up 10 points against the champs, we could have won that game. It’s tough to let a game like that slip away.”

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