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Kevin Durant's 51 sparks Thunder past Raptors

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Kevin Durant scored 51 points and added 12 rebounds to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a close victory over the Toronto Raptors, 119-118. Oklahoma City (51-18) has now won three consecutive games.

Durant went 15-32 from the field (7-12 on 3-pointers) and 14-19 from the free throw line. Reggie Jackson also contributed for Oklahoma City, finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan had another quality performance for Toronto in the loss, scoring 33 points on 9-23 shooting. He also recorded 8 rebounds. Kyle Lowry added 25 points and 6 rebounds and Amir Johnson finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Surprisingly, Oklahoma City, ranked 28th in the NBA at avoiding errors (TO% of 15.4%) protected the ball well in this contest. Toronto had an off game in this area, as its opponents surrender the third-most turnovers in the league this season (31.5%). In addition to 27.6% from 3-point range, the Raptors tallied an eFG% of just 44.6%. They are 1-7 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Thunder, conversely, are 10-2 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.

This drops Toronto (38-30) to 1-1 versus Oklahoma City on the season.

Coming up next, the Thunder square off against the Denver Nuggets, who are 31-38 on the year. The Raptors go up against the Atlanta Hawks, currently 31-36 this season. The Thunder won two of their last three games against Denver. The Raptors have lost two of their last three meetings with Atlanta.


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