Marcus Smart had another career night scoring the ball in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.
But unlike last season’s matchup, the Celtics were able to emerge victorious with Smart’s career-high 26 points leading the way in Boston’s 100-85 win.
Having played at nearby Oklahoma State, Smart’s comfort level was undeniable.
But on Sunday against the Thunder, he wasn’t alone.
Isaiah Thomas chipped in with 20 points and Avery Bradley, returning to action after missing the last two games with a calf injury, had 14 points off the bench.
With the win, the Celtics (5-4) are above-.500 for the first time this season while snapping Oklahoma City’s three game winning streak.
Westbrook, who came into the game having a double-double in eight of Oklahoma City’s first nine games, had a game-high 27 points, five rebounds and four assists.
The Celtics took over in the second half with multiple spurts that the Thunder had no way of answering.
They were without Kevin Durant, but that’s not unusual when facing the Celtics.
Durant, out with a hamstring injury, has missed four of the last five meetings between these two teams.
But Sunday’s win by Boston was the first of those games in which the Celtics emerged victorious.
Trailing Oklahoma City 68-59 in the third quarter, Boston went on a 20-6 run to lead 79-74 following a basket by Bradley.
That was just one of several runs Boston went on in the second half in what was their best road win of the season.
But the Celtics don’t have any time to focus too much on the win, not with another road game against another quality Western Conference foe (Houston) on the docket for Monday night.