Thunder 119, Raptors 99
Where they stand
Analyzing the Thunder’s performance during its march to the postseason.
→Winning against the wounded:
After losing to a Phoenix Suns squad playing without Steve Nash last Tuesday, the Thunder took care of business against a Toronto team playing without main gun Chris Bosh. This time, the Thunder played with passion throughout and put away the short-handed Raptors early, leading by as many as 28 and never trailed after taking a 6-5 lead.
Oklahoma City scored 21 fast break points and made the most of Toronto’s mistakes, turning 18 Raptors turnovers into 29 points. The trend started early, when the Thunder scored 12 points off five Raptors turnovers in the first quarter to build a 34-24 lead after one period.
Although the final numbers are a little misleading because of the blowout, the Thunder’s bench performed quite well when it actually mattered. The reserves maintained the energy and effort set by the starters and never allowed Toronto to make a run. Rookie Serge Ibaka led the second unit with 13 points and 10 rebounds, his second-career double-double.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY