Thunder 104, Raptors 92By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, Jan 6, 2013 3:50 PM EST
TORONTO -- Guard Russell Westbrook scored 23 points and had seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Toronto Raptors 104-92 before a crowd of 17,634 at Air Canada Centre on Sunday. It was the second win in a row for the Thunder (26-7) while the Raptors (12-22) have lost two in a row after going on a five-game home winning streak. Raptors rookie guard Terrence Ross left during the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return, playing 12 minutes without a point. Forward Kevin Durant added 22 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder while Ibaka had 19 points and eight rebounds. From the bench, Kevin Martin contributed 14 points and Nick Collison had 10 points with eight rebounds. Swingman Alan Anderson came off the bench to lead Toronto with a career-high 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting. Center Amir Johnson, who has led the bench scoring seven times, scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Toronto in his first start of the season. DeMar DeRozan scored 11 on 4-for-16 shooting and point guard Jose Calderon added 10 points with 11 assists. Reserve guard Kyle Lowry added 10 points and eight assists. The Thunder outscored the Raptors 26-17 in the third quarter to take an 11-point lead into the fourth. Martin's 11-foot fadeaway jumper had the Thunder leading 84-69 with 9:02 to play. Durant's driving finger-roll layup put the Thunder up by 16 with 5 minutes remaining. Kendrick Perkins made a dunk on a setup from Westbrook with 2:54 left in the game and the Thunder led 99-81 and had the game under control. The Thunder increased its two-point halftime lead to seven after Westbrook's steal and driving layup with 5:33 to play in the third quarter. Westbrook converted two free throws to extend the lead to nine. After the Raptors were called for travelling, Collison hit a jumper and Durant followed by making the free throw after Toronto coach Dwane Casey was called for a technical foul to give the Thunder a 74-61 lead with 3:19 left in the quarter. Oklahoma City led by as many as 15 points before finishing the third quarter with a 78-67 lead. The Thunder scored the first seven points of the game and led 23-18 after one quarter. Anderson scored 19 points in the second quarter on 7-for-8 shooting and his fourth 3-pointer with 5:40 left in the half gave Toronto a 39-37 lead. Lowry's 3-pointer increased Toronto's lead to five but the Thunder came back to lead 52-50 at the half. Notes: Raptors center Aaron Gray, who had started the previous five games, was out with flu Sunday. ... Forward/center Andrea Bargnani (right elbow), center Jonas Valanciunas (right ring finger) and forward Linas Kleiza (right knee) are still out for Toronto. ... Ibaka and Calderon are teammates on Spain's national team. ... The Thunder entered Sunday with the best record in the league (25-7). "They've done probably one of the best jobs in the league in building a program from scratch," Casey said. "You can go right down the roster and each player presents a problem. ... Each player is one of the tops in the league in what they do." ... Thunder coach Scott Brooks said: "The tough thing about this team, it's tough to get minutes. There are no scholarships here, you have to earn every minute and there might be two guys in front of you who are really good and they're young so it's tough to break in." ... The Thunder defeated the Raptors 108-88 on Nov. 6 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. ... The Raptors are at home Wednesday to the Philadelphia 76ers. ... The Thunder plays Monday against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
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