Maybe the Thunder just really wanted to finally give Kevin Durant a shot at that triple-double.
With three minutes left in the third, it looked like another night where Durant would hover around the three numbers only to sit the entire fourth because of a blowout. Instead, the Thunder let up, the Celtics went on a run and before you knew it, KD was playing the entire fourth.
This giving up a lead thing is becoming A Thing. After a monster first half that saw Oklahoma City score 72 points and build a 23-point lead, the Thunder slowly gave that lead away to the Celtics, allowing Boston to get it to six with three minutes left. It’s where it started though. Late third, OKC up big and the second unit comes in. Five turnovers follow and the Celtics go on a 10-2 run to close the third. Now it’s only a 14-point lead for the Thunder. Now it’s a game for the final 12 minutes.
Scott Brooks had enough of it too. After a second consecutive turnover from Reggie Jackson, Brooks immediately subbed Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with 24 seconds left in the third. Keep Reading…