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Toronto Raptors Hand Oklahoma City Thunder Their First Home Loss of the Season

December 23rd, 2013 at 11:36 AM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors went into Oklahoma City Sunday night and did something no team has been able to do all year – beat them on their own home court. The Thunder were 13-0 at home heading into Sunday's matchup and had also won nine straight games overall. However, the Raptors put together one of their best performances of the year and knocked off the Western Conference heavyweight, winning 104-98. With the win, the Raptors move to 11-14 and sit atop the Atlantic Division. The Thunder fall to 22-5 with the loss.

Points By Quarter

 1st2nd3rd4thFINAL
Toronto25371329104
Oklahoma City2135281498

Here are some notes from the game:

  • The Raptors are now 5-2 since trading away Rudy Gay and have won four straight on the road for the first time since 2002. 
  • Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors with 22 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals. He went a perfect 7-7 from the line and also took three charges on defense. Brought up in trade discussions, Lowry has not let that affect his play at all and he is playing some of the best basketball of his career.
  • Amir Johnson had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors. Johnson has been one of the most impressive players in the NBA over the last two weeks. 
  • DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points on what was another poor shooting night. DeRozan went 7-20 from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line.
  • John Salmons poured in 14 points off the bench for the Raptors. Salmons played aggressive defense on Durant and was pivotal at the end of the game, becoming the Raptors primary play maker on offense.
  • Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 27 points. He also added nine rebounds and eight assists. Kevin Durant had 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but shot a poor 5-16 from the field. Westbrook and Durant also combined for 11 turnovers.
  • Oklahoma City was 22/22 from the free throw line in the first half. They finished the game going 35/36. Durant was 12/12 and Westbrook was 10/11. 
  • The Thunder were held to 36.8% shooting, going 28-76. The Raptors went 36-91 from the floor, shooting 39.6%,

NEXT GAME: Monday, December 23 @ San Antonio Spurs. 8:30 pm. ET


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