Posted November 22, 2012 on AP on Fox
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The Boston Celtics are unhappy with their defense, and now will try to slow down the league's reigning scoring champ. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in search of a fourth straight win Friday night when they visit the Celtics. Boston (6-6) led the NBA in defensive field-goal percentage last season at 41.9, but that type of defense is a distant memory now. The Celtics rank 27th in that department in 2012-13 at 46.3 percent, allowing San Antonio to shoot 58.4 percent in Wednesday's 112-100 loss. The Celtics allowed an opponent to score over 100 points for the second straight game, including a 103-83 defeat to lowly Detroit on Sunday. "We just have to learn, continue to learn and build," forward Paul Pierce said. "We've given up 100 points the last couple of games. That's definitely not our identity." Now the Celtics will face Durant, who is second in the NBA with 25.4 points per game and put up a pair of 28-point efforts last season to help Oklahoma City (9-3) ...
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