The Oklahoma City Thunder (23-18) dropped another rough one at home as they fell 130-121 to the Toronto Raptors (26-14). The Raptors lit the ‘Peake up with their hot shooting from the get go, and they never let up as they managed to knock down 15-of-27 (55.6%) from three and 61.2% of shots overall.
After the Raptors took control of the game early with a 38-25 lead after the first quarter, Toronto pushed their lead to 30 before the Thunder finished the second quarter on a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to 73-55.
A 14-5 run a little over midway through the third quarter drew the Thunder to within 8 points, but a 6-0 run by Toronto to finish the period put the Raptors up 97-83 headed into the final frame.
Toronto kept the run going as they scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, but, as is typically the case, OKC managed to make things interesting.
After trailing by 21 with just 6:39 left in the game, the Thunder scored 14 straight to cut the deficit t 118-111 with 4:45 left in the game. OKC managed to trim Toronto’s lead further, making it a 3-point game with 2:39 to play, but the Thunder never got closer than that as the Raptors closed the game on an 8-2 run to take the 130-121 victory.
Seven different Raptors tallied at least 12 points, and former Thunder big man Serge Ibaka played well in front of his former home crowd as he scored 15 points on 7-of-11 (63.6%) from the field to go with 6 rebounds.
Dennis Schröder paced the Thunder with a team-high 25 points on 10-of-17 (58.8%) from the field, including 5-of-10 (50.0%) from three, as well as 6 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Danilo Gallinari, who knocked down 3 threes for his 11th consecutive game—an Oklahoma City Thunder record—finished with 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander continued his hot streak as of late as he put up 21 points on 6-of-10 (60.0%) from the field, knocking down both three-point attempts, and hitting 7-of-7 (100.0%) from the free throw line. He also grabbed 6 rebounds, handed out 6 assists, snagged 3 steals, and blocked a shot.
Mike Muscala came off the bench to tally 17 points—his second consecutive game to score double digits—along with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Chris Paul scored a respectable 16 points on 5-of-9 (55.6%) from the field and 5-of-5 (100.0%) from the free throw line while dishing out a team-high 11 assists. He also pulled down 5 rebounds and grabbed a team-high 4 steals.
Heating Up on Friday Night
Next up for the Thunder is a home game against the Miami Heat (28-12) who are fresh off a 106-100 victory against the San Antonio Spurs. This is the first matchup against the Heat so far this season for the Thunder, and it should be a good one.
The Heat are currently 2nd in the East with an NBA-best 18-1 record at home. They are not quite as good on the road, however, as they have lost more than they have won at 10-11 away from home.
Tip-off for that game is at 7 PM, and it will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma. It will also be broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.
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