The Oklahoma City Thunders clashed with the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon, beating them 91-79 at home and advancing their winning streak to five straight.
Kevin Durant let the Thunder in scoring with a double-double effort, putting up 23 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook helped out with 15 points, and Kevin Martin came off the bench to add 12 more.
Three Celtics had double-digit points, Paul Pierce being the leader of the trio with 20. Avery Bradley had 12, and Kevin Garnet–who was particularly cold in this game–had 10.
The Thunder led Boston the entire game, though the Celtics kept it close from beginning to end. Boston shot reasonably well in the first two periods, but the Thunder chopped their percentage in half from 51-percent to just 25-percent in the latter two.
To Boston’s credit, they tempered OKC’s regular pace of 107 points per game, the best in the NBA.
Putting up only 91 points, this was the lowest-scoring game for Oklahoma City in their last 25 games, but nevertheless it was the 47th win for this exciting squad.
With the win, OKC advances to 47-16 on the season, and is just one game behind the Spurs for the best record in the West. They challenge the Sacramento Kings next on Monday, Mar. 11.