Westbrook scores 23, Thunder beat Raptors 104-92
- Article by: IAN HARRISON
- Associated Press
- January 6, 2013 - 2:56 PM
TORONTO - Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, Kevin Durant had 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 104-92 on Sunday.
Serge Ibaka had 19 points and eight rebounds and Kevin Martin scored 16 as the Thunder enjoyed a winning start to a stretch that sees them play 11 of 13 on the road. Oklahoma City came in having played an NBA-low 12 road games this season and improved to 9-4 as visitors.
Nick Collison had 10 points and eight rebounds to help the Thunder wim for the fifth time in eight games since their season-long 12-game winning streak.
Alan Anderson scored 17 of his career-high 27 points in the second quarter and Amir Johnson had 19 for the Raptors, who lost their second straight after winning eight of nine.
DeMar DeRozan scored 11 points but made just four of 16 field goal attempts and Kyle Lowry scored 10 for the Raptors, who had won four of their previous five home meetings with Oklahoma City.
Jose Calderon had 10 points and 11 assists as Toronto dropped to 6-14 against Western Conference opponents.
Toronto rookie Terrence Ross left one minute into the fourth quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.
Ibaka scored 10 points as the Thunder built a 23-12 lead with 3:10 left in the first, but Toronto closed the quarter with six straight points to make it 23-18 after one.
Anderson connected on his first six field goal attempts of the second quarter, including four 3-pointers, as the Raptors took a 39-37 lead with 5:40 left. Toronto kept it close the rest of the way, but a 3 by Sefolosha with 36 seconds left gave Oklahoma City a 52-50 edge at the half.
Anderson and the Raptors cooled off in the third, making just five of 16 field goal attempts. Westbrook scored 12 points for the Thunder in the third as Oklahoma City pulled away again, taking a 78-67 lead into the fourth.
NOTES: Toronto fell to 0-16 when allowing 100 points or more. ... This was the Thunder's first game north of the border since December, 2010. They did not visit the Raptors during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. ... Toronto C Aaron Gray (flulike symptoms) did not dress, with Johnson taking his place in the starting lineup. ... Raptors F Linas Kleiza (right knee) missed his fourth straight game. ... Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas and former Raptors guard Muggsy Bogues attended the game.
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