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Through the first three quarters of the game, the Celtics and Thunder were neck and neck. In the fourth quarter, however, the C’s took over and outscored Oklahoma City 32-16 to win 103-84.
Glen Davis and Paul Pierce were Boston’s big stars as Kevin Garnett sat out again to rest his weak knee. Pierce led all scorers wtih 27 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Big Baby added a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while filling in for the injured KG.
Ray Allen finished with 14 points, but was limited in his minutes due to the playoffs quickly approaching. To help fill in for KG and a limited Allen, Mikki Moore (12 points and 11 rebounds) and Eddie House (16 points) each were impressive off the bench.
One thing that I was impressed with was the ball movement with all the units. The C’s finished with 29 total assists, with 19 of them coming from Rajon Rondo and Stephon Marbury.
Russell Westbrook led the scoring for the Thunder with 23 points and Kevin Durant added 21. Jeff Green had 15 points and nine rebounds. Oklahoma City had a tough time keeping up with the Celtics because Kevin Durant’s minutes were limited once he got into early foul trouble.
The Celtics should be happy with the bench production as well as the show that Glen Davis put on, especially after he left the game with a large cut on his forehead that needed 10 stitches. The team is slowly returning back to full strength and is starting to rest the starters more in anticipation of the playoffs. Expect to see Leon Powe and possibly Brian Scalabrine returning to action soon enough.
The Celtics take on Charlotte back at home on Wednesday.