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Serge Ibaka scores 21, Thunder defeat Celtics

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The Oklahoma City Thunder shot 43-80 (53.8%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 12 boards, to beat the Boston Celtics, 101-83. This is the sixth consecutive victory for Oklahoma City (34-10). The streak began with a 104-92 victory over Houston on January 16th.

Serge Ibaka scored 21 points on 9-13 shooting, in a good performance. Oklahoma City also got solid performances from Jeremy Lamb with 19 points and 6 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson with 14 points and 8 assists. On 7-17 shooting, including 1-8 from behind the arc, Jeff Green put up 16 points for Boston in the loss.

As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Oklahoma City (ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the bottom-tier defense of Boston (ranked 27th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.13 points per possession. In addition to their eFG% of 56.9%, the Thunder registered an OR% of 36.4%. On the season, they are 5-1 when they exceed 55% and 30% in those respective offensive factors. On the other hand, the Celtics are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those numbers.

This drops Boston (15-30) to 0-2 against Oklahoma City on the year.

Coming up next, the Thunder take on the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 14-29 on the year. The Celtics match up against the Brooklyn Nets, currently 18-22 this season. The Celtics have a 0-1 record against Brooklyn this season.


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