Saturday, December 4, 2010

Quiet Thunder - RAPTORS 111, THUNDER 99

 written by Ryan Dickison

RAPTORS 111, THUNDER 99
Prior to Friday’s game, the Raptors had won four of their last five at home. Oklahoma City, hadn't lost to an Eastern Conference team away from home since March 21 of last season. Fortunately for the Raptors, Oklahoma was without the league’s top scorer Kevin Durant, who missed his second straight game with a sprained left knee. 

With Durant on the sideline, the Raptors shifted all their attention to Russell Westbrook. In Wednesday’s 123-121 triple-overtime win at New Jersey, the third-year guard out of UCLA went off for 38 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and dished out nine assists. He scored all 13 of the team's points in the final frame alone and single handily carried his team to victory.

Toronto was well prepared for Westbrook on this night, containing him to a modest 20 points on 9 of 19 shooting from the floor, while forcing 5 turnovers.

As Oklahoma struggled to find any offensive rhythm, Bargnani and Barbosa had very little trouble at all. Il Mago collected his first double-double of the year, hauling in a season-high 12 rebounds while Barbosa, posted his highest scoring total yet with 22 off the pine.

The Raptors now improve to 8-11 on the season, one win more than they had at this time last year.

KEY NOTES:
  • Calderon matched his season-high of 15 assists
  • Young Onez Watch: Amir 14 points, DeRozan 14 points, Sonny 10 points.
    Peja Stojakovic missed his third straight game with a swollen left knee.
  • Toronto’s next game comes on Sunday afternoon at home against the New York Knicks
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(Photo credit: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

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