It wasn't pretty and it wasn't easy to watch at times, but the C's took out the Thunder in easy fashion. OKC ran out of thunder (pun intended) after a fast 1st quarter start which had them up 29-21.
“We’re the defending champions and I think most people are definitely geared up for us, and we’re getting a strong hit when the game starts,” Allen said. “It’s just a matter of us taking it, absorbing the punches, and then start going on offense.”
Indeed, the 2nd quarter was a reversal of fortunes for the Thunder as Boston put up 30 points in the quarter to the Thunders 15 for a 51 - 44 halftime Celtics lead. Unfortunately for the Thunder, they would never recover. Pierce scored 20 with Ray Allen adding 18. KG, Pierce, Allen, and Perk all came just short of double doubles. While Rondo chipped in 4 points with 11 assists.
For the Thunder, Durant and Green did their best to close the gap, but Boston was firmly in the lead by as many as 17 points. The game was sloppy for the Thunder and even Boston was loose with Rondo attempting behind the back passes only to turn it over or Tony Allen dribbling the ball off his foot, not once, but twice in as many possessions.
“They came in with better energy than our starters,” Coach Rivers said. “I was worried about this game tonight just because the game last night was so tough and I was worried about us being sluggish. I thought we were, and we got away with it tonight.”
Nevertheless, the C's completed their 2nd back to back with wins vs Houston and Oklahoma. Next game for the C's is Friday vs the Bucks at home in Boston. Then, Sunday they travel to Detroit.
Note to Nick Collison: C's are the defending champs, not the former champs.