Celtics Wrap: Boston Completes Epic Comeback In 101-94 Win Over Thunder

Celtics Wrap: Boston Completes Epic Comeback In 101-94 Win Over Thunder

The Celtics dug themselves an 18-point hole during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but the Boston team that had won six games in a row coming in emerged during the third quarter.

They entered the evening with the NBA's second-ranked defense and squeezed the life out of the Celtics, taking a 55-37 lead at halftime and holding Boston to 31 percent shooting.

The Celtics' new point guard scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter - 11 of which came in the final 4:13.

Steven Adams grab 10 rebounds and seven points in the defeat for the home side which had its two-game winning streak snapped. It showed that it was just a tale of two halves.

In fact, the Thunder game was just the first time the Celtics were at full strength this season, and Marcus Morris was no where near as involved as he can be once he gets more settled. It's the Celtics' seventh straight win and has pushed them into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

While four of Boston's five starters struggled in the first half, Tatum did his best to keep the C's in the game.

This time, Orlando (6-3) very well could have a healthy Payton back at the controls when it faces the surging Boston Celtics (7-2) Sunday at 6 p.m.at the Amway Center. "And then things started going our way, and then we just kept battling to the end". The Celtics held their own, and got back into the game with defense.

They had their best performance as a team last night, beating the strong Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. "We have two days before the next game against NY, so there's a line of thinking that, 'Even if he's ready, let's get him two more practices so we can fully put it behind him.' But we'll see how he feels (on Sunday)".

Sure, it wasn't always pretty, but it's the best-looking win among the bunch. Orlando entered Friday first in the National Basketball Association in 3-point shooting, second in scoring and second in field goal percentage, but its offense ground to a halt because of a lack of ball movement and missed shots from the 3-point arc and at point-blank range. Anthony scored 10 points with 14 rebounds, but he scored just two points on 2-of-11 shooting in the second half.

Al Horford was similarly clutch and dropped 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as he shot 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-4 from three.

Said Gordon: "We're not dwelling on a loss and we're going to bounce back". Since then, however, the Celtics have ripped off seven consecutive victories behind the brilliance of Irving (22.1 ppg., 5.7 apg. and 3.4 rpg.) and the steady leadership of head coach Brad Stevens. "So Coach puts the trust in me and Al to go down the stretch".

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