The Oklahoma City Thunder won their fifth straight game Sunday afternoon beating the Boston Celtics 91-79 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder consistently outplayed the Celtics throughout the game as every single Thunder player had a positive plus-minus for the game.
The Thunder led by just three entering the fourth quarter then began to pull away led by their bench.
Nick Collison made a jumper off an assist from Reggie Jackson to open up the quarter then Jackson scored six straight points for OKC.
The Thunder held the Celtics to 37.7 percent field goal shooting for the game. The Thunder shot 44.1 percent and only had three offensive rebounds which contributed greatly to the game being so close.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 39 minutes, 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists – B
Durant had a pedestrian shooting performance again going 6-for-16 from the field and missing all four of his three-point attempts, which is always weird to see. He made up for it by going 11-for-11 from the free throw line though and also was active on the defensive glass.
Russell Westbrook – 34 minutes, 15 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound – C
You don’t see a lot of games for Westbrook like this one. He only scored 15 but he also only took 11 shots and made five of them. When he shoots that little he usually ends up with more assists but Durant being a little bit off may have contributed to that low number as well.
Serge Ibaka – 26 minutes, 7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks – C+
Ibaka didn’t get a ton of minutes and was relatively quiet in the game. He went just 3-for-5 from the field but did have two assists, which is actually a very good number for him. The Celtics played a lot of smaller lineups so the Thunder had just one big out there for a good part of the game.
Kevin Martin – 29 minutes, 12 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds – B
Martin also missed all four of his three-point attempts in the game. You can imagine how this would have been a blowout if Durant and Martin were knocking down their threes. Martin scored in other ways though shooting 4-for-8 from inside the arc and getting to the line five times. Seeing him starting to get assists is a good sign for the Thunder too.
Kendrick Perkins – 31 minutes, 6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists – B+
You knew Perkins would be up for this one playing against his old team. He had a very good Perkins game too not scoring a lot but getting a few boards and five dimes. He also helped limit Kevin Garnett to just a 5-for-19 shooting night.
Thabo Sefolosha – 24 minutes, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals – B+
This was a pretty solid outing for Sefolosha. He got less minutes than we’re used to seeing sometimes because Derek Fisher is now playing so much. He went 3-for-4 from the field and made plays on defense which is all the Thunder ask from him.
Nick Collison – 25 minutes, 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists – A
When Collison gets up over 20 minutes, it’s always a good thing for the Thunder. And if he’s scoring too, that’s also a good sign because he’s never not efficient. Collison did those things yesterday as the bench was at its best to start the fourth quarter.
Reggie Jackson – 16 minutes, 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist – B+
This was another good one from Jackson. He was especially great to start the fourth accounting for the first eight Thunder points with an assist and all six of his points. He rebounds so well too that it hasn’t been an issue yet with Fisher playing alongside him so much.
Derek Fisher – 14 minutes, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist – B
It was Jackson in the fourth quarter and Fisher in the first half. If Fisher knocks down shots, he’s not a liability and can sort of be an asset. Still feels like Fisher turning his ankle might be the best thing that could happen to the Thunder at this point in the season.