With 6:05 left in the third quarter, Toronto’s Alan Anderson had just hit a three-point shot cutting the Oklahoma City Thunder lead to 58-55. Oklahoma City never trailed, but the Raptors made it a ball game. Scott Brooks called a time out.
The Raptors would not score again in the quarter.
Oklahoma City used a 24-0 run over the span of 8 minutes and 56 seconds to pull away from the Raptors.
“We could play them 10 out of 10 times and the results probably wouldn’t be different,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “But like I told the team, I am looking for 10 or 12 guys — I don’t care what the talent level is — to compete, to fight, to scratch, to claw going down.”
Oklahoma City would extend the lead to 27 points in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors tried to claw back, but never got it closr than 15 points at 89-74 with 2:55 to go in the game.
Oklahoma City won their 41st game with a 91-75 win. The Thunder improved to 41-15 on the season, including 24-5 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Post Game Grades
Three Point Shooting: A
Oklahoma City was 8-16 from three-point range heading into the fourth quarter. However, the second and third teams really brought the percentages way down. Oklahoma City still finished shooting 43% from three-point range
Through three quarters, Oklahoma City had 12 turnovers. However, but what they do best, the second team had four turnovers through the quarter.
James Harden: A
Harden was fantastic. He was 5-10 from the floor for 17 points and a game high +21. He had just 2 turnovers in 29 game minutes.
Thunder Up by the Numbers
The Thunder defense limited the Raptors to no points for 8 minutes and 56 seconds. Spanning from 6:05 left in the third quarter to 9:09 left in the fourth quarter. Toronto went 0-10 from the floor. 0-2 from the free throw line. Toronto also had seven turnovers
On the other side of that span, Oklahoma City had a 24-0 run that really just put the game away. OKC shot 8-of-16 from the floor including 3-of-3 from the free throw line and 3-of-5 from three-point range.
Nick Collison grabbed seven offensive rebounds. What an insane amount.
(+13) – (+1)
The Toronto starters combined to have a better +/- than the Thunder starters.
Is how many blocks that Serge Ibaka had tonight.
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