TORONTO — Oklahoma City manager Billy Donovan praised his team’s intrepidity following a hard-fought highway win over a tarnishing Raptors.
Toronto, meanwhile, found it harder to stay ease and collected after some argumentative calls down a stretch.
Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his fifth true triple-double, Steven Adams scored 25 points, and a Thunder kick a Raptors 132-125 on Sunday, gnawing Toronto’s winning strain during 11.
“You’ve got to be means to keep your restraint by it all,” Westbrook said. “That’s what a diversion is all about. We’ve got a lot of maestro guys on this group who are means to do that.”
Paul George scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony had 15 as a Thunder extended their winning strain to six. Corey Brewer scored 10 points for Oklahoma City.
“A large partial of it tonight was a team’s poise,” Donavan said. “That was unequivocally important.”
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry fouled out with 22 points and 10 assists as a Eastern Conference-leading Raptors suffered only their sixth home detriment of a season. Toronto is 29-6 during Air Canada Centre, a best home record in a NBA.
DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Raptors manager Dwane Casey were all ejected in a final notation for angry to a referees. DeRozan was angry after not removing a call when he attempted to expostulate on Brewer with 30 seconds left. DeRozan picked adult dual technical fouls in a following 22 seconds.
“He attempted to pound me since we had a layup,” a visibly undone DeRozan said. “I got fouled.”
Having reviewed a video, Casey pronounced a Raptors would record a grave complaint.
“Officials are going to skip calls, though during a connection of a diversion when some of a calls were made, we’ve got to get it right around a league,” Casey said. “Not only this game, a whole league.”
Still, Casey took heedfulness to indicate out that a Raptors, not a referees, were eventually to blame.
“We done adequate mistakes down a widen also,” Casey said. “We shot ourselves in a foot, missed easy shots, layups, giveaway throws, turnovers.”
DeRozan, however, didn’t share Casey’s view. Asked either a officials had cost Toronto a game, DeRozan said, “It’s apparent for us.”
Delon Wright and C.J. Miles any scored 15 points, and Pascal Siakam and Jonas Valanciunas any had 10 for a Raptors.
The measure was tied 119-119 when Lowry fouled out with 3:19 remaining. Westbrook immediately gathering for a layup past Wright, Lowry’s replacement.
After Wright missed a layup during a other end, Westbrook total another layup to top a personal 10-point run and give Oklahoma City a 123-119 lead with 2:38 remaining.
Wright and DeRozan any done a span of giveaway throws to tie it during 123-123 with 1:41 left, nonetheless DeRozan missed a giveaway chuck on Anthony’s technical foul.
Westbrook put a Thunder forward to stay by pushing for a layup with 39 seconds left, afterwards banked home a burst shot with 11 seconds left, giving Oklahoma City a four-point cushion.
Thunder: The starting 5 total to fire 17-for-18 in a initial quarter. … Adams scored a career-high 27 points opposite Minnesota on Dec. 1.
Raptors: Lowry returned after sitting out to rest in Friday’s win over Dallas. … G Fred VanVleet was taken since of a right palm contusion. … F Norman Powell (sprained left ankle) returned after blank a prior dual games.
ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Toronto forsaken to 43-2 when heading by 3 quarters. The Raptors, who also mislaid a Dec. 11 highway diversion to a Clippers after holding a lead into a fourth, were forward 98-97 by 3 opposite a Thunder.
AGONY FOR ADAMS
Adams went down in pain after holding a knee to a groin while fortifying Ibaka’s expostulate in a third. Adams stayed down for several mins before walking cautiously to a locker room though was means to return.
“That did not demeanour really comfortable,” Donovan said.
Adams and Ibaka were teammates in Oklahoma City for 3 seasons. “My aged mate,” a smiling Adams said, jolt his head.
Anthony reached 25,289 points, flitting Reggie Miller (25,279) to take over 19th place on a NBA’s points list. Next adult is Alex English (25,613).
Thunder: Visit Boston on Tuesday. Oklahoma City has won 3 true highway games opposite a Celtics.
Raptors: Visit Orlando on Tuesday. Toronto has won a past dual meetings.
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