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The Oklahoma City Thunder got their sixth straight win as they defeated the Toronto Raptors 124-107 to improve their record to 20-15 for the season. This was a terrific win for the Thunder over a top-tier eastern conference team this team is really clicking now on both sides of the ball and it looks like the big three stars of Oklahoma City is enjoying their basketball.


Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook was sensational against the Toronto Raptors. Westbrook was in an altercation with Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas that had the two men in a pushing contest. Valanciunas had no idea what he had just done he made Westbrook mad, from that point on Westbrook attacked the rim making mid-range jumpers and a freakish putback slam that had everyone in awe. Westbrook finished with 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting at 50 percent to go along with eight rebounds and 13 assists. Westbrook was fantastic when the Thunder looked like it was losing its energy Westbrook would pump them back up with a terrific assist or basket and then a steal or big rebound on the defensive side of the ball, Westbrook was tremendous at attacking the rim getting to the free throw line 10 times making eight of them.

Third quarter

The Thunder have struggled in third quarters this season after having good first halves the Thunder would come out and lack energy and focus but not tonight against the Raptors. The bench looked like they were going to fall back into that trend until Westbrook came back into the game and set the tone for the rest of his teammates leading the Thunder to win the quarter 36-25 on the back of four Thunder players scoring six points with Westbrook shooting 59.9 percent and Carmelo Anthony shooting 66.7 percent. The Thunder were also good on the defensive end getting three steals and three blocks to buck their third-quarter trends.


The Thunder finished the game shooting 46-of-87 from the field at 52.9 percent with all of the Thunders starters shooting above 50 percent with George and Adams being the best with George shooting 11-of-17 at 64.7 percent and Adams shooting 8-of-9 at 88.9 percent. The Thunder have seemed to of shaken off their early season shooting woes and become a more efficient shooting side in the month of December helping them go 11-3 for the month.



The Thunder bench got out scored 50-19. The Raptors bench was fantastic with CJ Miles leading the way shooting 6-of-12 from the field and three-point range at 50 percent scoring 20 points while the Thunders leading scorer was Raymond Felton with seven. The Thunders bench lacked the energy or aggression to keep up with the Raptors bench leading to the Raptors to claw back a 21-29 lead the Thunder had late in the first quarter for the Raptors to win the first quarter 38-32 and go on an 8-4 run to start the second before Westbrook came back into the game to give the Thunder some energy and aggression. The Thunders bench needs to get better at outscoring the opposition’s bench too many times the Thunders starters will go to the bench just for the bench to get dominated and put themselves in a hole.

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