Friday, March 24, 2023

NBA Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder (34-35) at Toronto Raptors (33-36)

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be on a mission to stretch out their series of wins to four games Thursday night when they visit the Toronto Raptors.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 35 points to lead the Thunder, who won 121-107 at home against the Brooklyn Nets to win for the sixth time in seven games.

With a 125-110 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, the Raptors ended a three-game losing streak and began a three-game homestand. Fred VanVleet had 36 focuses, remembering 14 for a 49-point first quarter that was an establishment best for any quarter.

On November 11, the teams met for the first time this season, and the Thunder won 132-113 at home.

Josh Giddey had a triple-double for the Thunder in their victory over the Nets, scoring 15 points while also grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.

The Thunder were led by Luguentz Dort, who was 6-for-11 from three-point range and scored 24 points.

Dort scored 15 points in 10 minutes as the Thunder outscored the Nets 38-20 in the third quarter.

A 16-point deficit was overcome by the Thunder.

The Raptors drove by upwards of 24 focuses against the Chunks, who slice the edge to three in the final quarter.

However, with 3:04 remaining, VanVleet hit his eighth 3-pointer in 12 attempts to give Toronto a 15-point lead and avenge its previous loss to Denver.

O.G. Anunoby stopped Nikola Jokic, who had 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, and scored 24 points.

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