Celtics look to extend win streak Friday vs. Thunder

Celtics look to extend win streak Friday vs. Thunder”

The Oklahoma City Thunder blew an 18-point lead and lost 101-94 to the Boston Celtics on Friday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City. Irving scored at least 20 points in each of the six straight wins and he entered Thursday ranked second in the league in steals (2.63 per game). I have a feeling the Boston Celtics will play well enough to pull this one off, but I think the Thunder may find a way to pull it out. This seems like it could be a statement game on ESPN for the Thunder as they want to prove they are right up there with the best teams in the National Basketball Association.

With the Thunder leading by three with five minutes left, Irving drove into the lane and kicked the ball out to wide-open Horford in the corner. The Thunder led 60-42 at halftime.

Brad Stevens' team will be in search of their seventh consecutive victory against a team that projects to be one of the top 3 teams in the Western Conference. Then, on the next possession, Irving dished to the big man for a mid-range jumper to swell the lead to six.

When the Thunder faces the Boston Celtics on Friday, it'll be a matchup of the two top statistical defenses in this early National Basketball Association season.

Gordon Hayward's injury certainly didn't help. Jokic - who rose to prominence in the second half of last season - is in good form with four double-doubles in Denver's past five games, and he leads the team in points (16.1 per game), rebounds (11.9 per game) and assists (5 a game). But the Celtics still have two stars, and Friday they were better than the NBA's newest Big Three.

- The Celtics became the first team in National Basketball Association history to win seven consecutive games after starting the season 0-2. "So I had to call Coach Stevens and ask him if it was OK to play in a Halo tournament".

- Reggie Miller would be proud of Irving's description of the fourth quarter.

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