OKLAHOMA CITY —
“I liked his aggressiveness,” Durant said of Jackson. “He was picking and choosing his spots well. He just went at them. He went at Crawford. He went at Avery Bradley.
He just went down hill to the rim every time. That’s what we need from him.”
As hot as Durant was Saturday, he was just as cold to start the game against the Celtics. He missed his first three shots from the field. However, he still had three assists and helped the Thunder grab an eight-point lead after one quarter of action.
“I think it’s on me to get every body involved and get aggressive for myself,” Durant said. “Me being aggressive is maybe me looking for my teammates. They put me in great position and I was able to make some passes.”
The Celtics used the 3-pointer to keep itself in the game.
Led by the sharp-shooting of Bradley and Crawford, the team combined to knock in eight from long range in the first half and got the deficit down to seven with 1:06 on the clock.
But a late scoring surge by Jackson and Durant gave Oklahoma City a 66-56 halftime advantage.
Oklahoma City’s defense took over the contest in the second half. The Thunder held the Celtics to six points until midway through the third quarter. They turned that defense into fastbreak opportunities and finished them off with alley-oop dunks and wide open 3-pointers.
Trailing 89-68, Green buried back-to-back 3-pointers to close gap to 15. However, that would be as close as Boston would get the rest of the night as the majority of Thunder starters did not play in the final period.
“I think we always want to come out in the third quarter with some energy,” Durant said. “The last two homes we didn’t do that. We moved the basketball. We had 28 assists, so that’s the formula for us. Everybody has to be involved.”