Toronto Raptors vs Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Report - March 22, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, March 23, 2019
The OKC Thunder dropped 35 points in the third quarter ending their 4 game losing streak with a 116-109 win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night.
Paul George dropped 28 points; Russell Westbrook added a triple-double (18pts, 13, assists, 12 rebounds), and Dennis Schroder came off the bench to score 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter alone in the win.
OKC looked better defensively, and also improved their outside shooting going 20 of 43 from the 3-point line.
On the other side, Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points in the loss, while Pascal Siakam had 25 for the Raptors, who were without point guard Kyle Lowry fr the second straight game. The Raptors couldn’t manage to gain a double-digit lead in the third for the second straight outing even with the help of Serge Ibaka’s 11 points and Danny Green’s 19 points. Toronto also made 22 turnovers, one shy of their season worst.
OKC missed eight of their first ten shots of the game, giving the Raptors a 29-22 after the first quarter, with Toronto going 5 of 6 from 3-point range.
The Raptors led 58-48 at halftime and were up 13 with 5:23 in the third quarter before the Thunder got to work. Westbrook gave his team the lead with 1:18 left in the quarter putting them up 80-79, and the Thunder went on a 20-4 run to close out the quarter and take an 83-80 lead heading into the fourth.
Leonard cut the deficit to 93-91 on a free throw with just over seven minutes to play but George nailed three-pointers on each side of a fast-break layup by Grant, putting the Thunder up 101-91 with 6:21 to go.
The Thunder has now won four straight in Toronto. This was the first time the Raptors lost in 20 games when leading at the half, ending a franchise-record streak.