Halfway through the fourth quarter of a 105-87 blowout loss to the Celtics, Kevin Durant’s night was done. He finished with 36 points. That was about half of the Thunder’s production. At that point of the game, the rest of the team had scored a combined 38 points. "He’s going to lead the league in scoring very soon, and he’s going to lead this team to the playoffs very soon,” said Boston coach Doc Rivers. "You can see it coming. He’s really difficult to stop. "But I will say in the third quarter, Paul (Pierce) did as good a defensive job (on Durant) as I’ve seen in a long time. We challenged him at halftime, and he took it.” Durant scored only two baskets in the third quarter.
KRSTIC OUT, COLLISON STARTSNenad Krstic missed Friday’s game after suffering a sprained left ankle in Wednesday’s win over the Sixers. Nick Collison, coming off his best game of the season, made his first start. Collison started 40 games last season but logged only 11 minutes. Plagued by foul trouble, Collison picked up his fourth early in the second half. "We weren’t able to do what we were trying to do,” Collison said. "Some of that was because of their defensive intensity. It seemed like we couldn’t get into any of our (offensive) stuff because they took it away. We obviously didn’t do well enough defensively, either. It was a frustrating game.”
SHARE THE BALL?Thunder coach Scott Brooks said "making the extra pass,” and "sharing the ball” would be critical. The Thunder failed to execute the game plan. Several stats were lopsided, but one stat best summed up the Celtics domination. Boston dished out 24 assists, the Thunder 11.
WILLIAMS HOMECOMINGFormer Midwest City star Shelden Williams said he needed only 17 tickets compared to needing more than 50 when he visited during the Hornets two seasons in Oklahoma City. "My first time I came back here, I felt obligated to get everyone tickets,” Williams said. "My parents and my wife and kid (were at the top of the list). And then my closest friends. Outside of that, I was like, ‘Can’t do it.’ ” Since teammate J.R. Giddens (John Marshall) also was on the roster, was it difficult to ask teammates for the customary swapping of road tickets? "I went to everybody before he did. He waited until the last minute,” Williams said. "It was a veteran move.” Williams, who lives in Los Angeles, is having his best season (5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds) taking Glen "Big Baby” Davis’ role. Davis (hand) isn’t expected back until Christmas.
FAST BREAK. . .Only two Thunder players scored in double figures. ... For the second consecutive game, former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett attended the game. Lett, who still lives in Dallas, signed some footballs and threw them into the stands. ... In pre-game, on the other side of the Celtics locker room, Rasheed Wallace yelled "Badgers” and hummed a version of Wisconsin’s fight song to remind Shelden Williams that Duke lost to Wisconsin earlier this week...