Thunder Rally In Fourth To Beat Boston
OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook scored 13 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter as the Thunder rallied to beat the Celtics 99-96 inside of Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Along with his scoring, Westbrook added 12 rebounds and six assists as his streak of consecutive triple-doubles ends at seven.
With the Thunder trailing by two in crunch time, a Celtics’ miss resulted in a long rebound, and as players scramble to corral the ball, Westbrook knowingly tapped the ball ahead to Anthony Morrow who quickly gave the ball back to his point guard as Westbrook rumbled for a game-tying layup.
Adams then blocked Boston’s Al Horford on the defensive end and OKC eventually took the lead after Westbrook used his left hand to finger roll in the go-ahead layup with 30.6 seconds left in the game.
Westbrook was in the zone and he wasn’t done yet.
With the Thunder leading 96-94 with just over 21 seconds left, Westbrook beat out Boston’s Avery Bradley on a jump ball that eventually led to a Jerami Grant dunk in transition to put OKC up four while nearly blow the roof off The Peake.
Boston did have an opportunity to tie the game at the buzzer, but Marcus Smart’s three-point attempt bounced off the rim to give OKC the win.
Adams scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Enes Kanter added 14 points and six boards. OKC managed to win the game despite missing its first 16 shots from behind the arc and only making 51.9 percent of its free-throw attempts.
Worth noting: Victor Oladipo had a nasty fall late in the first quarter and did not return due to a wrist injury.
Horford led the Celtics with 19 points while Bradley and Jae Crowder added 18 each.
Thunder will be off on Monday before taking on the Trailblazers in Portland on Tuesday night.