Thunder players said they missed shots they should make.
Coach P.J. Carlesimo said Boston coach Doc Rivers probably was pleased his team settled for mid-range jumpers.
After a hot first quarter the Thunder went ice cold. The Celtics’ defensive strategy was a key factor in a 96-83 win Wednesday night at the Ford Center.
"Sometimes you get jump shots when you execute. Sometimes you get jump shots the other team wants (you to shoot),” Carlesimo said. "We took a lot more jump shots that Doc wanted tonight. Sometimes it’s fool’s gold.”
The Thunder shot 50.0 percent to build a 29-21 lead after one quarter but shot 32.3 percent the rest of the game. Oklahoma City scored only a combined 26 points in the second and third quarters, trailing by double digits most of the second half.
"Boston’s game plan was to pack the middle and make us take jump shots, and that’s what we did,” forward Kevin Wilcox said. "That hurt us. We didn’t establish an inside presence. When you’re going well you play inside-out after establishing an inside game.”