OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t used to losing at home. So when they lost back-to-back games last week at their house, it came as a shock.
The Thunder found that home swagger again Sunday when they rolled to a 119-96 victory over the Boston Celtics Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The win not only snapped a two-game home losing streak for the Thunder (27-7), but it also ended a recent trend of surrendering big fourth-quarter leads at home.
“I’m pretty happy with the way we came out and made sure we put this game away and didn’t let it come down to the stretch like the last two games,” Thunder guard Reggie Jackson said.
Boston (13-21) lost its fourth game in a row and seventh in its last eight outings. Coach Brad Stevens watched his team play competitive ball for a half, then saw the game get away with a lackluster second half.
“One of the things we have to do as a group is when things don’t go well, we need to collect ourselves quicker,” Stevens said. “Make things go in our favor again. When things are going well, we’re not bad. When things don’t go well, we haven’t responded well lately.”
Jackson led the Thunder with career-high 27 points. Coming off a 48-point effort the night before, Kevin Durant posted 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in only 27 minutes on Sunday. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds for his 15th double-double of the season.
The Celtics were led by Jeff Green, who collected 19 points, two assists and one rebound. Avery Bradley also scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, and Jordan Crawford chipped in with 17 points.
Jackson had his shooting stroke going early on. He reeled off 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting in the game’s opening five minutes.