Marcus Smart 22 points help Celtics beat Thunder 126-122

Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics Game #14 11/14/22 - CelticsBlog

BOSTON — Marcus Smart comes up big late in the fourth quarter to help the Celtics (11-3) beat the Oklahoma Thunder 126-122. The win Monday night extended the C’s winning-streak to seven games.

Smart, who finished with 22 points, scored 20 of them in the second half. Smart also had 8 assists and five rebounds in the match. He hit a dagger three-pointer to take the lead late in the game. Before that, he drew an offensive foul on OKC star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Despite continuing their offensive hot streak this season, the C’s still found themselves trailing in the beginning of the game. C’s went into halftime trailing 69-62.

The game was a rough one for the 11-3 Celtics, they trailed the game by 15 points in the third quarter before making a second half comeback–outscoring OKC by 11 points in the fourth quarter.

For the rest of the C’s, Tatum led the team with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Jaylen Brown put up 26 points, six rebounds, six assists, but also had five turnovers. Derrick White came off the bench and finished with 16 points.

The C’s struggled from behind the arc shooting 27%. But defensively, the Celtics forced 20 turnovers and was pesky on the outside perimeter.

For Gilgeous-Alexander, he finished with 37 points, eight assists, and shot perfect from the charity strike going 9-for-9. Aleksej Pokuševski had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

The Celtics are off to a hot start, largely due to their offensive arsenal. Tatum has been in his bag offensively with eight games scoring over 30 points on the season. Sam Hauser, White, and Malcolm Brogdon have shown to be dependable playmakers.

Next the Boston Celtics will head down to Atlanta to face the Hawks Wednesday in a eastern matchup.

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