The Thunder had no business losing to the Celtics

The Thunder had no business losing to the Celtics

Ross Houston
March 21, 2018

Oklahoma City missed three free throws in the final 17 seconds. Oklahoma City forced 19 turnovers to help offset that Toronto shot 56.8 percent in the game.

Westbrook led the Thunder with 27 points and added 8 rebounds and 7 assists. With five losses in their last seven games, the Wolves (41-31) had fallen into eighth place in the Western Conference.

On Tuesday night, they did just that. The Celtics then went another 1:39 without scoring before Monroe drove the ball off a steal and drew George's fifth foul - and a goaltending call - on his way to a three-point play and a tie game with 7:59 to play. This signaled the start of Oklahoma City's doom, as Celtics guard Terry Rozier quickly hit a three-pointer on the other end of the floor. That the Celtics managed to take down Oklahoma City minus the injured pair of Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown only made the win even sweeter. The Celtics' loss to the Pelicans was their third in the last four games: they remained five games behind the Raptors for the top spot in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.

Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The teams then got defensive over the next two minutes as the score was at a standstill into a Brad Stevens timeout following Tatum's 10th rebound of the night with 5:06 on the clock.

DeAndre Jordan led the way for the Clippers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but Tobias Harris played with flu-like symptoms and finished with only 10 points on 5-for-16 shooting, missing all five of his 3-point tries.

Tuesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder was a particularly hard challenge for Boston, not just for the fact OKC is a fantastic team with the reigning MVP, but because injuries left the C's without five of their best players in Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder has momentum and the motivation to win this one: look for them to make it seven straight with a triumph here.

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