action:article | category:SPORTS0201 | adString:SPORTS0201 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Basketball » Celtics/NBA

January 05. 2014 11:22PM

Thunder outclass Celtics

OKLAHOMA CITY — Guard Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 27 points in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-96 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The win snapped a two-game home losing streak for the Thunder (27-7). It also ended a recent trend of surrendering big fourth-quarter leads at home.

Boston (13-21) lost its fourth game in a row and seventh in its last eight outings. Coach Brad Stevens watched his team play competitive ball for a half, then saw the game get away with a sub-par second half.

Coming off a 48-point effort the night before, Thunder forward Kevin Durant posted 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in only 27 minutes on Sunday. Forward Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season.

The Celtics were led by forward Jeff Green, who collected 19 points, two assists and one rebound. Guard Avery Bradley also scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, and guard Jordan Crawford chipped in with 17 points.

Jackson had his shooting stroke going early on. He reeled off 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the game’s opening five minutes.

As hot as Durant was Saturday, he was just as cold to start the game against the Celtics. He missed his first three shots from the field. However, he still got to the free throw line and helped the Thunder grab an eight-point lead after one quarter of action.The Celtics used the 3-pointer to keep itself in the game. Led by the sharp-shooting of Bradley and Crawford, the team combined to knock in eight from long range in the first half and got the deficit down to seven with 1:06 to go.

But a late scoring surge by Jackson and Durant gave Oklahoma City a 66-56 halftime advantage.

Oklahoma City’s defense took over the contest in the second half. The Thunder held the Celtics to six points until midway through the third quarter. They turned that defense into fastbreak opportunities and finished them off with alley-oop dunks and wide open 3-pointers.

Trailing 89-68, Celtic forward Jeff Green buried back-to-back 3-pointers to close gap to 15. However, that would be as close as Boston would get the rest of the night as the majority of Thunder starters did not play in the final period.
Notes: Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook spoke to the media for the first time since it was announced he would be out of the lineup with a knee injury. He’s scheduled to return after the All-Star break. “I don’t pay no attention to those projections, man,” Westbrook said. “I just wake up and try to get better each and every day.” ... Boston coach Brad Stevens and Thunder general manager Sam Presti have developed a friendship built on being young in the NBA. “Our first conversation was just about being young guys and trying to do the best that we could knowing we had some youth to us,” Stevens said. “But it was a great conversation. He is a really interesting guy.” ... Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is amazed by rookie center Steven Adams’ ability to absorb punishment. “The elbows and all that, I don’t know if that’s an iron man. I don’t know if that’s very smart,” Brooks said with a laugh. “He is as tough as I’ve been around any player. Every day he just plays. The elbows, the pushes, Nothing fazes him. All he cares about is eating a lot of food and playing basketball.” ... According to reports, the Boston Celtics have reached an agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies to trade for guard Jerryd Bayless, with guard Courtney Lee going to Memphis.


 NH Sports Angle ╗ more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Former All-Star Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli: ôblessedö to have grown up in Brooklyn, now lives in Nashua

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk, right, tangles with Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask in the first period of Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals hockey playoff series in this 2013 file photo.

NH-based insurer sues NHL to limit its defense in players concussion lawsuits

A's claim former Fisher Cat Marcus Walden

Mariano Rivera's son to pitch for NH squad

Kevin Davis, CEO and president of Bauer Performance Sports, displays Bauer Hockey's latest innovation in hockey skates — the Vapor APX 2 with easily changeable skate blades in this 2013 file photo.

Exeter-based Bauer continues to expand beyond hockey with $330M purchase of baseball firm Easton-Bell

Hollis-Brookline head football coach resigns unexpectedly

New owners for Waukewan Golf Club

Matches announced for USA v. Cuba clash at Rockingham Park this weekend

Boston Marathon victim Jeff Baumann throws out the first pitch prior to the start of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park last year.

Service's creed on display in support of airman affected by Boston bombing

40-year-old Manchester mechanical engineer wins MMA decision

New Hampshire Motor Speedway touts viability of casino site in Loudon

USA Knockouts Tamed in Cuba

U.S., Cuba boxers clash in Havana, U.S. bouts set for Rockingham Park in Salem

Lee USA Speedway opens season April 13

Newmarket woman plans world-record cross-country run for charity

CHIP KELLY

Is Chip Kelly racist?

World Series of Boxing event moved to Rockingham Park - USA vs. Cuba

Manchester man in top 30 candidates for Padres public address announcer

NH man helps MLB players deal with stresses on, off the field

Review of the 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook

New Hampshire Motor Speedway may run Sprint Cup race in 2015 under the lights

How Boston lost the Patriots and 'New England' grabbed the NFL's 'Gold Standard'

Twin State Speedway gets new manager

Yale promotes former UNH coach to offensive coordinator

Bulldogs sign UNH's Nick Sorkin

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

   ╗ SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

   ╗ ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!