For about two and a half quarters, the mostly-full-strength Thunder played even with the Kevin Garnett-less Celtics. Then Paul Pierce and Eddie House woke up, or something, and proceeded to rain down uncontested shots all over the place, giving Boston their fourth straight home win, 103-84, and a sweep of the season series against Oklahoma City.
Even without the Big Ticket, Boston has big offense: Pierce had 27 points, House 16, Glen Davis 19 (and 10 rebounds), Ray Allen 14, and Miki Moore 12 (and 11 rebounds). The Celtics shot 47 percent and sank eight of 23 treys; they outrebounded the Thunder 48-36.
As for OKC, they were in this game for five-eighths of it: it was tied 45-all at the half. But the Celtics kept finding ways to get around what had been a fairly ironclad Thunder defense, and there were periods when Oklahoma City couldn’t buy, or even rent, a bucket; the Thunder shot a miserable 36.1 percent and connected on only one trey out of five tries, maintaining the lowest long-ball percentage in the league. Despite all that, Tres Amigos did some scoring, Russell Westbrook with 23, Kevin Durant with 21, and Jeff Green with 15 (and 9 boards). While Kyle Weaver didn’t manage to connect on any shots, he served up seven assists; no one else had more than three. And Thabo, yes, Thabo was there, swatting away four shots.
From here, it’s off to San Antonio. There are four home games and four away games in April, after which we can start counting ping-pong balls.