BOSTON -- With both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sitting out for the first time since the franchise set up shop in Oklahom
BOSTON -- With both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sitting out for the first time since the franchise set up shop in Oklahomin
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BOSTON -- With both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook sitting out for the first time since the franchise set up shop in Oklahoma City, the Thunder needed about a half to figure things out. Authentic Kelly Oubre Jr. Jersey . And then the Western Conference leaders put the lottery-bound Boston Celtics away. "We take pride in playing hard no matter whos on the floor," coach Scott Brooks said after his team went on a 17-2 third-quarter run to beat Boston 101-83 on Friday night. "Obviously, were a better team with Kevin and Russell. But it doesnt make us not a team." Durant, the NBA scoring leader, missed his first game of the season, joining fellow All-Star Westbrook on the bench. That was only a minor setback, with Serge Ibaka scoring nine of his 21 points and adding five rebounds in the pivotal third quarter to lead Oklahoma City to its sixth straight victory. Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 19 points, and Reggie Jackson had 14 points and eight assists. "Everybodys just got to do their job a little bit better and a little bit harder," said Thunder centre Kendrick Perkins, a former Celtic, who had nine rebounds. "Its our first time playing without both of them, so it was good." Durant was the franchises first pick in 2007, its final year as the Seattle SuperSonics, and Westbrook was their first-round pick after the team moved to Oklahoma City for the following season. Together, they led the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals and were poised for another deep run last year before Westbrook was injured in the first round series against Houston. Oklahoma City has managed to stay atop the West with Westbrook out since Christmas to recover from right knee surgery. And Durant has been the reason, going on a scoring tear with at least 30 points in nine consecutive games before sitting out Friday night. But Durant watched this one from the bench in warmups, then was icing his right shoulder in the locker room after the game, joking around with Westbrook. "Theyre a good team without him -- as you can see," Celtics guard Phil Pressey said. Brooks said he did not know if his star would return on Saturday night against Philadelphia. "Well see how he wakes up," the coach said. Jeff Green scored 16 points and Gerald Wallace scored 12 of his 13 points in the first half, before the Thunder pulled away with a 17-2 run in the third quarter. Rajon Rondo had eight assists and five points in his fifth game since returning from reconstructive knee surgery. The Celtics have lost 13 of 15 games. "Theyre down Kevin Durant, and I think their team is thinking OK, this is an opportunity for a lot of guys that dont play as much when hes playing minutes," Celtics centre Kris Humphries said. "Something happened. You guys all saw the game. It wasnt great. Thanks for staying for the whole game." The Thunder allowed the Celtics to open a five-point lead early in the second quarter but then scored 18 of the next 22 points to take a nine-point lead. It was a two-point game after Boston scored the first basket of the second half, but Oklahoma City opened a 60-53 lead and then scored 17 of the next 19 points. In all, Oklahoma City outscored the Celtics 27-13 in the third. Notes: Rondo became the sixth player in Celtics history to reach the 4,000-assist plateau. Bill Russell is next, with 4,100. ... The Thunder have the best record in Western Conference and are 6-0 on the road against Eastern Conference teams. They will try to remain perfect Saturday at Philadelphia... Celtics F Jared Sullinger dislocated his right index finger in the first half but returned to the game. Cheap Nike Wizards Jerseys .com) - The Denver Nuggets snapped a losing streak last time out and will try to carry that momentum Saturday night when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to the Pepsi Center. 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Here are the stats which tell a sorry story of Everton under Martinez this season…RESULTS Everton have won just one of their last 10 games (D3 L6) - their last victory was a 2-1 defeat of Bournemouth at home on April 30. In fact, theyve won just five of their last 24, drawing nine and losing the other 10.Everton have won 10 games this season - only the Premier Leagues bottom four clubs have won fewer.Seven of Evertons last eight wins came against sides currently in the bottom six. The only exception was a 3-0 victory at Stoke on February 6.Everton lost 4-0 at Liverpool on April 20 - the clubs joint-worst Merseyside derby defeat since November 1982. They also lost 4-0 to Liverpool in Martinezs first season in charge, 2013/14.Last season, Everton won 47 points. That was the clubs lowest points total since they managed 39 when finishing 17th in 2003/04. They are currently on 44 with one game to play.DEFENDING After losing 3-0 at Sunderland, Everton have conceded three goals in back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time since November 2009.Everton have conceded 55 Premier League goals this season - their most since letting in 57 in 2003/04.Only Arsenal (25) have made more errors leading to shots than Everton this season (22). Everton have recorded one clean sheet in their last 12 games.ATTACKING Everton have scored 56 goals this season, more than any other team in the bottom half - but theyve failed to net in five of their last nine games.There have been 11 matches this season in which Everton have failed to score.Everton have hit the woodwork 18 times this season -- only Arsenal (20) and West Ham (19) have done so more often. Wizards Jerseys China. Martinez decision expected Roberto Martinez decision could be made by Everton before Sundays Norwich match RESOLVEEverton have dropped 18 points from winning positions this season - only Tottenham (20) and Liverpool (19) have dropped more. Everton dropped 19 points from winning positions last season - the most in the Premier League.Everton have won just one of 16 games this season when theyve conceded first (D4 L11) - their 3-2 comeback win at West Brom. Everton boss Roberto Martinez would not answer a question about his future after his side were beaten 3-0 away to Sunderland HOME FORMEverton have won 24 points away from home this season compared to 20 points at homeEverton will set new club record for fewest home Premier League points in a season regardless of their result with Norwich at Goodison Park on Sunday. 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