The Oklahoma City Thunder fell on the road last night to the Boston Celtics 108-100. The Thunder are now 9-4 on the year while Boston improves to 7-6.
The Thunder outshot the Celtics from the field but did not hold an advantage in terms of offensive rebounding and Boston made 9-of-17 3-pointers.
Kevin Garnett led the way for the Celtics with 18 points in 32 minutes. The Celtics outscored OKC by 18 while Garnett was out there and KG also did work getting to the line 10 times.
Rajon Rondo had double-digit assists again with 16 on the night while Paul Pierce led Boston in scoring with 27. Jeff Green poured in 17 off the bench in his first game vs. the Thunder since being traded a year and a half ago.
As for the Thunder players, here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 37 minutes, 29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists – B
Durant was less efficient than normal and OKC needed more from him last night to win. He went 9-for-20 from the field and didn’t do too much else. You expected in this matchup for Durant to have a big rebounding night but that wasn’t the case. It wasn’t a bad effort from Durant by any means as the Thunder were of course better than Boston while he was on the floor. But he didn’t get 40-plus minutes and the Thunder suffered without him on the floor.
Russell Westbrook – 38 minutes, 26 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds – A
Westbrook played a very good game last night and finished with one of the better stat lines of the season. He did turn the ball over five times but at least he shot 10-for-21 from the field. He is still taking many more threes this season than ever before and last night went 2-of-7 from distance. This is something where he’d probably be better off trying to attack a little more than settle for long bombs.
Serge Ibaka – 34 minutes, 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks – A
Ibaka continues to roll offensively and now we’re starting to see bigger rebounding numbers from him as well. The defensive rebounds are not as important but getting four offensive rebounds is nice out of him. He went 7-for-11 from the field as his midrange jumper was falling again last night.
Kevin Martin – 32 minutes, 3 points, 1 steal – F
We saw just how bad it can get for Martin last night. With the Thunder used to getting 18 a night out of him, getting just three was impossible to overcome. OKC was outscored by 15 in the 32 minutes he played last night as he went 1-of-7 from the floor.
Kendrick Perkins – 30 minutes, 5 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks – B+
Perkins was heavily motivated playing against his former team and it showed. He looked pretty good for him out there and finished with solid numbers. The Thunder were actually in trouble for once without him on the floor but that was more of a product of how bad the entire bench played for OKC.
Thabo Sefolosha – 33 minutes, 10 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds – B
It’s a shame when you see guys like Perkins and Sefolosha having solid nights and the Thunder still lose. Ten points is about as good as it gets out of Sefolosha and his defense is always solid too.
Nick Collison – 18 minutes, 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist – B
Collison didn’t get a ton of run as Perkins was playing more minutes. He was productive in his short time though and while most Thunder bench players had plus-minus’ of 10 or more last night, Collison’s was just minus-6.
Eric Maynor – 12 minutes, 2 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound – C
With the Thunder bench scoring just 13 points last night while Boston’s scored 35, it’s hard to find any positives. Maynor went 1-of-5 from the field and with Martin at 1-of-7, that’s simply not enough for OKC’s second unit.
Hasheem Thabeet – 7 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 block – D
Thabeet had been on a pretty good role until being held scoreless last night. In his seven minutes, OKC was outscored by 15. So you could say those were a crucial seven minutes from Thabeet.