The Raptors arrived without Chris Bosh, who’s been sitting for a week with a sprained ankle; Toronto went 2-2 during that week, so you might have figured they had a chance in Oklahoma City. The Thunder, however, had other ideas: they spotted the Raptors a 1-0 lead early on, and then took over entirely, running up a lead as large as 26 and finishing up 20, 119-99.
Toronto’s bench scored nearly as much as the starters, contributing 46 points; Andrea Bargnani and Sonny Weems scored 14 each, and DeMar DeRozan DePosited 13 more. The Raptors outrebounded the Thunder, 45-38, reserve forward Amir Johnson reeling in 11 of those boards. You have to figure that Bosh will be back soon, though probably not in time for Monday’s Toronto-Houston match.
Meanwhile, look at this line for Russell Westbrook: 14 points, 10 assists, four steals, one blocked shot (!) and no turnovers (!!). The Thunder pulled off 12 steals, Jeff Green grabbing four along with 20 points. Serge Ibaka posted yet another double-double (13 points, 10 boards), and Kevin Durant pulled 29 again. Shocker of the day, though: Nenad Krstić, who never shoots the long ball, banged out a trey to end the first half. He was so amazed that he tried another one in the third quarter, which didn’t go; he finished with 16 points. OKC hit six of 12 treys and shot 51.8 percent, versus six of 15 and 43.7 percent for Toronto.
So it’s 2-0 for the Thunder during this homestand, with the Kings due in on Tuesday, followed by a road trip: Denver on Wednesday, the Clippers on Friday, and Sacramento, to finish the series, on Sunday.