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.”Comments
Weaver breaks out offensivelyAfter 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. "He’s had a really tough year with the (shoulder) surgery, but he’s come back really quickly from that. He had an opportunity with James being out, and he finally was able to knock down some shots.”
Durant took Texas’ exit hardDurant said seeing Texas lose to Wake Forest on a last-second shot in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night was tough to swallow. And not just because the former Longhorn saw his school ousted early. "I was really hurt, because that would have been my last game (as a senior) as a Longhorn,” Durant said. "Those guys that I came in with as freshmen are my brothers for life. It just hurt to see them lose a game like that and end their careers at Texas like that. But they had a great run, and I’m happy to say I was a part of something like that.”
BrieflyDuring a timeout midway through the first quarter, Toronto fans booed a picture of former Raptors guard Vince Carter in a video of the top five players in the franchise’s 15 year history. Seconds later, fans gave a picture of current forward Chris Bosh at No. 1 a loud ovation... Durant landed hard on his backside following a drive to the basket with 4:15 left in the first quarter. He took a moment to walk around before staying in the game and shooting the free throws...The Thunder’s 39 points in the first quarter tied a season-high for the first quarter...Rapper Drake, a Toronto native, sat courtside Friday night. Actor/musician Donnie Wahlberg also sat courtside.