Kevin Durant has been playing at the highest level of his career, carrying the Oklahoma City Thunder to victory after victory while all-star point guard Russell Westbrook nurses an injury. On Friday night, Durant was forced to sit out the Thunder’s clash with the Celtics in Boston because of a lingering shoulder injury.
Without Durant, most would expect the Thunder to struggle.
That wasn’t the case on Friday.
Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Jeremy Lamb came off of the bench to score 19 points, grab six rebounds, dish out three assists and record two steals as the Thunder cruised past the Celtics 101-83 at the T.D. Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jeff Green scored a team-high 16 points and Gerald Wallace added 13 for the Celtics, who lost for the 13th time in their last 15 games.
The Celtics held a 32-27 lead in the second quarter, but the Thunder quickly rallied to take a four-point lead into the break. They broke the game open with a 17-2 run in the third quarter.
Rajon Rondo had five points and eight assists.
The Thunder are now 34-10 while the Celtics are 15-30.