Yes, you read that correctly. The Raptors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. With the victory they take the season series 2-0 and they avoid picking up their 50th loss of the season.
The game was a strange one, with the Raptors owning all of the energy and momentum until midway through the fourth. While Toronto led by 10+ for most of the second half, James Harden took over in the final quarter for the Thunder. He was pretty much unstoppable when he had the ball in his hands, scoring a game-high 23 points on a ridiculously efficient 5-for-9 shooting. The main to focal points for the Thunder –Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant– struggled from the floor, shooting just 13-for-40 for the game.
While Harden brought the Thunder back, the Raptors remained calm and had big nights from reserves Reggie Evans and Leandro Barbosa. Evans was all over the place under the hoop and he finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. He also made five of his six free throw attempts. Barbosa scored 19 points off of the bench on 7-for-10 shooting, none bigger than the three-pointer he made with 38.5 seconds remaining to tie the game at 93.
With 25 seconds remaining, Westbrook missed a jumper and on the other end, the Raptors took OKC by surprise when they elected to go to Amir Johnson for their final offensive possession of the game. Johnson nailed a hook shot that was assisted by Leandro Barbosa and after Durant missed a jumper as time expired, the Raptors were victorious on the road. The win snapped a 14-game skid away from the ACC.
Good win for the young guys on the road. Surprising, but definitely a good way to kick off a long road trip.
Raptors player of the game: DeMar DeRozan – 16 pts, 7-14 fgs, 8 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl
Thunder player of the game: James Harden – 23 pts, 5-9 fgs, 2 rebs, 4 asts, 1 stl