Box Score Nuggets
Quote of the Night
Evan Turner weight-roomed Dion Waiters.
And then the Celtics weight-roomed the Thunder.
Waiters drove to the basket on the opening possession of the fourth quarter and ran right into Turner, who was waiting at the free-throw line. Turner reached in for a steal, and as both players’ hands held onto the ball, Turner yanked it away with ease.
That was just a sign of things to come.
Turner kicked the ball ahead to Avery Bradley and the shooting guard, who returned Sunday night from a two-game absence, pulled up for a silky smooth midrange jumper from the left wing to tie things up at 74-74.
Enes Kanter missed a driving hook shot on Oklahoma City’s next possession and the C’s didn’t wait long to turn that miss into points. Just 15 seconds after Kanter’s shot, Isaiah Thomas canned a trey from the left corner off of a kick-out from Turner. That bucket tied Boston’s largest lead of the night to that point at just three points.
Oklahoma City failed to score yet again on its ensuing possession, as Waiters misfired on a jumper. Bradley, who scored 14 points on the night, then canned a turnaround jumper to bump Boston’s lead up to five.
The C’s never turned back from that point on. In fact, they just kept on pulling away.
A balanced scoring attack eventually pushed Boston ahead by as many as 15 points thanks in large part to a 17-2 run that opened the fourth quarter. Boston cruised its way to a 100-85 win, giving it four triumphs in its last five games.
In just his second game back from injury, Marcus Smart put together the top performance of his young career Friday night in Oklahoma City.
Smart was by far Boston’s best player against the Thunder, dropping a career-high 26 points. He shot 9-of-14 from the field, good for 64.3 percent. The rest of his teammates shot 45.6 percent on the night.
Although Smart did not log huge numbers across the box score, he did contribute in other categories. The point guard also hauled in eight boards and dished out three assists.
You’ll read more about this in our postgame feature coming in just a few hours, but the most impressive aspect of this performance was the fact that Smart put it together against Russell Westbrook. Smart went toe-to-toe with one of the premier players in the league.
Box Score Nuggets
- Each team led by at least 11 points at some point in the game.
- Oklahoma City, which entered the contest ranked second in the league with an average of 113.3 points per game, scored just 85 on 36.4 percent shooting.
- Marcus Smart scored a career-high 26 points.
- Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 27 points, including a 15-of-17 performance from the free-throw line.
- Westbrook shot just 5-of-20 from the field.
- Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points and dished out a game-high eight assists.
- Boston shot 9-of-23 (39.1 percent) from 3-point range.
- Jared Sullinger dominated the glass en route to a game-high 15 boards.
- Each team committed 18 turnovers and was whistled for one technical foul.
- The C's outscored the Thunder 42-28 in the paint.
- Oklahoma City scored only three fast break points.
- Boston outrebounded Oklahoma City 47-34.
- Serge Ibaka logged the game's only double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
- Ibaka and Amir Johnson each blocked three shots.
- The Thunder scored just 33 total points during the second half.
- Sullinger led the game with four steals.
Quote of the Night
It's by committee.
Brad Stevens on slowing down Russell Westbrook after being asked about Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley's defense.