Game Review: Raptors at Thunder


Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)

DeMar DeRozan got the Raptors going by scoring 10 points, while Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams combined for 17 points. C.J. Miles came off the bench and provided 8 points. With less than 2 seconds left in the quarter, DeMar threw a half court pass to Poeltl, who tapped the ball to C.J., who then drained the long-range three pointer to conclude the 1st quarter. Toronto led the Thunder 38-32.

The story-line of the 2nd quarter was the altercation between Jonas Valanciunas and Russell Westbrook. After missing a layup attempt, Westbrook grabbed the ball while he was on the ground after the play was called dead.  Jonas tried to take the ball from Westbrook, who then retaliated and escalated the situation. They exchanged shoves and had to be separated by teammates. They each got a technical foul. Valanciunas scored 8 points in the quarter, which made up for his unnecessary technical foul. Toronto trailed 63-66 heading into halftime.

OKC's big three (Westbrook, Anthony, and Paul George) combined for 18 points in the 3rd quarter. The Raptors didn't have an answer to stop them, which allowed the Thunder to run away with the lead. DeRozan struggled in the 3rd, missing 6 shot attempts. Toronto's comeback hopes were dim as they trailed 88-102 going into the final quarter.

Toronto had their worst offensive quarter in the game, only scoring 19 points. Midway through the quarter, Steven Adams had a monster dunk over Jonas Valanciunas. This posterizing dunk electrified the crowd and crushed the Raptors hopes of winning. Paul George scored 10 points for the Thunder and could not be stopped. Toronto was defeated, 107-124.

6ix Best
Kyle Lowry: 13pts, 4 rebounds, 10 assists
DeMar DeRozan: 15pts, 6 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 20pts
Jonas Valanciunas: 16pts
Jakob Poeltl: 13pts, 6 rebounds
Delon Wright: 6pts, 4 rebounds

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