Kevin Durant took more free throws (15) than the Celtics made. He went 15 for 15 from the stripe, knocking down all nine of his second half attempts, including a pair with 2:40 to go that put the Thunder up 102-101. Those were his only free throws of the fourth quarter, but OKC never trailed from that point on, and Kevin Garnett had choice words about Durant’s night at the line.
I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan tonight the way he was getting the whistle, Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team.”
RIVERS: FOULS HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT
Doc Rivers wasn’t about to get fined last night, but the free throw discrepancy bothered him. the Thunder went to the line 34 times while the Celtics took only 17 shots from the line. The Thunder took seven more trips to the line than the Celtics in the third quarter, but it should be noted that in the fourth, and deciding, quarter, both teams went to the line eight times, and it came down to two huge 3-point shots by Jeff Green.
“When you shoot 60% from the field, or 59.5 – you guys would say 59% because you’re pessimists; I say 60% because I’m an optimist, but anyway, so, but – It’s a tough one to swallow. A team shoots 34 free throws to our 17 on our home floor. That’s a tough one. I thought we were aggressive, too. I thought we were attacking, and we just didn’t get to the line.
“ … But there’s nothing you can do about it and it’s tough, obviously. You know, we gave up 109 points and we have a benchmark all the time and you’ve got to keep teams under 25 points per quarter. And we gave up 30, 27, 26, and 26. And I think fouls had something to do with that, but they still earned that number.”
WALLACE PLAYS WELL IN LOSS
After a loss to the Thunder, Rasheed Wallace said he couldn’t recall a team of his shooting so well and losing a game.
“Out of all my 15 years I’ve never been part of a team where you shoot 60 percent and still lose,” said Wallace. “But Jeff [Green] hit a couple of big threes down there. And I think they had 30-something foul shots, so you can’t win against that.”
On guarding Kevin Durant, Wallace said, “It’s a team job to help out…helping Paul and Ray out, it’s the team thing. You’ve got to stay with it.”