Clever leads Celtics past Thunder 100-85

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Marcus Clever scored a career-high 26 points to help the Boston Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-85 on Sunday night.

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points, Avery Bradley had 14 and Jared Sullinger added eight points and 15 rebounds to assist the Celtics win their third in four 2k16 MT games. Boston shot 48 percent and outrebounded the Thunder 47-34.

Smart, who played college ball at nearby Oklahoma State, also guarded Russell Westbrook successfully. He was aspect of a collective work that held the reigning scoring champion to 5-for-20 shooting. Westbrook nevertheless scored 27 points and carried a bigger load with Kevin Durant out with a hamstring injury.

Serge Ibaka scored 16 points, along with the Thunder had a season-low point total and their worst shooting performance.

Westbrook had posted triple-doubles in his previous two games but completed this 1 with just five NBA 2K MT assists and 4 rebounds.

Oklahoma City’s three-game win streak was snapped.

The Thunder led at halftime 52-45 behind 17 points from Westbrook. They pushed the lead to 11 early in the third quarter, but the Celtics rallied and trimmed their deficit to 74-72 by the end of the third quarter. Boston finally took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Thomas. Back-to-back 3s by Thomas and Avery Bradley pushed Boston’s lead to nine, and a layup by Thomas bumped it to double digits for the first time. The Celtics never lost control from there.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Clever got a technical with 1:47 left in the second quarter. … Brad Stevens coached at Butler before heading to the NBA to coach the Celtics and said he was impressed with Butler’s 144-71 win over The Citadel on Saturday evening. … Boston made just 13 of 20 free throws. … F Kelly click here Olynyk fouled out with seven points.

Thunder: G Anthony Morrow got his second straight start in Durant’s place. He went scoreless in 14:56. … Kyle Singler had scored 18 points over his first eight games this season, but had eight Sunday. … There was a marriage proposal during Kiss Cam in the third quarter. … Westbrook and Dion Waiters were issued technicals in the second half.

 

 

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