For the second straight game, the Thunder jumped on an outmanned opponent and never let off the throttle, romping to a 119-99 win over Toronto Sunday night in the Ford Center.
Steamrolling the Raptors without All-Star Chris Bosh, who missed his fifth consecutive game, the Thunder moved within a half game of fifth-place Phoenix in the Western Conference standings.
"We treat every team the same,” said Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 29 points. "Any given night, you can lose in this league. No matter what the team’s record is, they can come out and beat you. That’s the way we think. We respect every team we play.”
All teams say that. But Boston lost at home Saturday to the lowly New Jersey Nets. Utah, Friday night, lost to Sacramento. Denver recently lost to Washington.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma City keeps taking care of business. The Thunder hasn’t lost to a team that currently has a losing record in nearly four months, a Nov. 11 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Every game, we want to establish what we do defensively,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "If that’s our mindset, and all five players are engaged defensively, you know we’ll give ourselves a chance to win whether we play an elite team or a team that doesn’t have a good record.
"We do take care of business. That’s a great sign that we’ve had all year. Hopefully that continues.”
Leading by as many as 28 points, the Thunder continues to storm to a playoff berth because it’s avoided bad losses that bite even the best teams.
Box score from Sunday's game