Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka ignites blowout of Toronto

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: March 20, 2010
When he finally came down following his emphatic two-handed putback dunk with 6:14 remaining in the second quarter, Serge Ibaka spread his arms like wings on a plane as he trotted back down on defense.

The show of emotion portrayed the way Ibaka lifted the Thunder to its 115-89 trouncing of Toronto on Friday night at Air Canada Centre. Ibaka flew all over the court, using his inspired play in the first half to help spark the Thunder to a 71-44 halftime lead. Ibaka had just two points in 9 1/2 first-half minutes but contributed five rebounds and two blocked shots as well.

But his only two points of the night, that putback dunk over Raptors forward Amir Johnson, was a beauty that brought the entire Thunder roster off the bench.

"Serge Ibaka got the dunk of the night two games in a row,” said Kevin Durant. "That was an unbelievable play. I think that’s what started the run we had. That was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen.”

Weaver breaks out offensively
After failing to score a single point in his first three games since replacing injured rookie James Harden as the backup shooting guard, Kyle Weaver dumped in a career-high 12 points Friday at Toronto.

Weaver scored his first points on a 3-pointer with 3:01 left in the first quarter and added another 3 before the end of the period. He finished the game 4-for-6 from the field and had three steals and two blocked shots on the defensive end.

"Everybody was really happy for Kyle,” said Nick Collison.