NBA Game Summary - Oklahoma City at Boston|
(Friday, January 24th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 101, Boston 83
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Serge Ibaka led five Thunder scorers in
double figures with 21 points as Oklahoma City routed the Boston Celtics
101-83 despite sitting MVP candidate Kevin Durant.
Durant, who has scored 30-plus points in nine straight games, injured his
right shoulder in Wednesday's win over the Spurs. It was the first game in
Thunder franchise history without Durant or Russell Westbrook in the lineup.
"Going into the game I knew they were going to accept the challenge," said
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "One of the things about our team, we play
hard every night. We take pride in playing hard no matter who's on the floor."
Jeremy Lamb provided 19 points off the bench and Reggie Jackson tallied 14
points and eight assists in OKC's sixth straight win.
"We just moved the ball, we kept attacking, got a lot of open shots on ball
movement," said Lamb.
Former Thunder forward Jeff Green paced Boston with 16 points while Rajon
Rondo returned from a one-game rest and dished out a season-high eight
"Collectively, we were not engaged defensively together," said Boston coach
Oklahoma City clamped down defensively in the middle two quarters, outscoring
Boston 50-31 over that stretch while holding the hosts to just 12-of-39
The Thunder led 50-46 at halftime and built a double-digit cushion in the
early stages of the third. After a Brandon Bass layup made it 66-55 at 6:20,
the Celtics missed eight shots in a row and found themselves down 22 points on
Lamb's jumper with a minute left in the quarter.
Boston never made it competitive after that.
Earlier, the Celtics assisted on 10 of their 11 baskets in the first quarter.
Rondo and Phil Pressey had four each, while Gerald Wallace went for eight
points on just three shots to help Boston to a 28-27 lead after one.
Perry Jones made his third career start in Durant's place and scored 10 points
... Thabo Sefolosha had 13 points for the Thunder ... The Thunder improved to
10-6 all-time without Durant ... OKC has won six of seven over the Celtics ...
Boston has lost 13 of its last 15 overall.
01/24 23:44:15 ET