OKC Thunder: Raptors come back in fourth quarter to stun Thunder

Toronto dominated the final 12 minutes, shocking OKC 104-98 on Sunday night and ending the league's longest undefeated home streak in five years.
by Anthony Slater Published: December 22, 2013
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photo - From left, OKC’s Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka look on as Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan dunks during the Raptors’ 104-98 win on Sunday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
From left, OKC’s Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka look on as Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan dunks during the Raptors’ 104-98 win on Sunday. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

After a stagnant and uncharacteristic first half, the hangover looked lifted.

The win in San Antonio seemed forgotten, the energy was back and the Thunder was rolling.

Oklahoma City outscored Toronto by 15 in the third quarter, taking a nine-point cushion into the fourth — money time for the Thunder at home this season.

It was all over but the formalities.

Until it wasn't.

The suddenly hot Toronto Raptors stemmed the Thunder run, stiffened the defense, hit a batch of huge shots and dominated the final 12 minutes, shocking OKC 104-98 on Sunday night and ending the league's longest undefeated home streak in five years.

“In the fourth quarter, we could not make shots,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “Then they started getting hot and the tables turned.”

It started on the offensive end, where the Thunder made only five of its 25 shots in the fourth. That included a combined 1-of-12 from Kevin Durant and Reggie Jackson, two of the Thunder's most consistent closers.

“I got the same layup looks that I've been getting throughout the season,” a frustrated Jackson said postgame, following his 1-of-11 night. “It's 82 games. They're not all going to go down. I guess it's one of those nights.”

And while OKC struggled, the Raptors turned it on, making nine of their final 16 shots, helping erase a double-digit deficit in the final 10 minutes.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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