So twelve minutes had gone by, the Thunder were out front of Boston, 29-21, and the decibel level in Loud City was almost off the scale.
Then the Celtics remembered that they’re the league champions, dammit, and cranked up the defense: Oklahoma City would pick up a mere 15 points in the second quarter, and 11 in the third. They recovered a bit in the fourth, but by then it didn’t matter: Boston had long since put it away. The final was 96-83.
Most of the Thunder numbers weren’t bad, but this one was: 31 of 84 shooting, 36.9 percent. (The Celtics hit 36 of 83, for 43.4.) Even three treys in the final frame by Russell Westbrook couldn’t save this set of stats. And Boston has lots of ways to beat you. Point guard Rajon Rondo got only four points, but he served up 11 assists, snagged two rebounds and pulled off two steals and all the other Boston starters, plus sixth man Leon Powe, were in double figures. Paul Pierce led everyone with 20.
The Kevin Durant Show was good for 17, but KD is still taking too many shots, or at least too many shots that aren’t dropping: he was 6-15 on the night.
The Thunder get a night off before hauling off to the Grand Sodium Reservoir to face the Jazz, who have no reason to be any kinder than the Celtics.