today isn't a sad day for thunder fans. it is just a reminder of what can happen after a team buys in to a system and plays together. okc jumped out to a 29-21 lead over boston before losing 96-83 at home. the eight point lead after one quarter was the highlight of the evening, as the celtics dominated both ends of the floor after that.
one other highlight of the match-up with the defending champs was that the 3-point shooting finally made an appearance. russell westbrook drained three triples, jeff green hit two, and earl watson knocked down a sixth for the thunder, who had totaled only a pair in the first three contests. if that trend continues, the rest of the offense will open up around the outside shooting.
star kevin durant again led okc in scoring, but his shooting percentage is struggling. green and westbrook added a combined 27 points, but boston had five players in double figures. it was a learning game for the thunder, and carbert will be back tomorrow with a preview of friday night's showdown in utah.