April 1, 2010


Celtics can’t silence Durant: The Oklahoma kid shoots them down (Julian Benbow, April 1, 2010, Boston Globe)

They put six players in double digits, got 36 points from their bench, and saw Rasheed Wallace (team-high 18 points) submit the type of scoring performance they hadn’t seen in months. But in the end, a defensive-minded team found itself playing a game of last shot wins against a team with arguably the best scorer in the league.

“It’s tough,’’ said Paul Pierce, who shook off the effects of two shoulder stingers in a three-day span to score 15 points. “You look at it, shooting so good and it not paying dividends in the win column. It’s tough to swallow.’’

Kevin Garnett put up 18 points and nine rebounds. Rajon Rondo posted a 16-point, 11-assist double-double. Glen Davis added 10 points off the bench, and yet it wasn’t enough.

The Celtics hit 44 of 74 field goals, but they got into a shootout with a team that came in averaging 100 points. They “held’’ the young, explosive Thunder to 50.7 percent shooting. But the one factor they couldn’t control was Kevin Durant, who has made scoring binges look routine.

Last night’s 37-point outing — his 40th game this season with at least 30 points — was no different.

Durant quietly threw darts at the Celtics, going 10 of 20 from the floor. When Wallace knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 99-98 with 4:22 left, Durant answered with a 20-footer that put the Thunder back up by 1.

But Durant’s most damaging blows came from the free throw line, where he knocked down all of his game-high 15 attempts, including two after drawing a foul on Pierce that left the Celtics captain so mad that he stomped from the free throw line to the corner of the court. The free throws put the Thunder ahead, 102-101, and from that point they never trailed.

He's filthy. A 6' 10" guard who can catch-and-shoot as well as anyone in the NBA since Drazen Petrovic is not coverable.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 1, 2010 6:32 AM
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