George scores 28 as Thunder beat Raptors 116-109
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 23, 2019 10:16 AM
FILE - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - FEBRUARY 11: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 11, 2018 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Paul George scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook had 18 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 116-109 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Dennis Schroder came off the bench to score 26 points and Jerami Grant had 19 as the Thunder snapped a four-game losing streak and avenged Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) 123-114 home defeat to Toronto.
The Thunder made 20-of-43 shots from three-point range. Oklahoma City made a season-high 22 three-pointers against the Lakers on Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time).
Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points and Pascal Siakam had 25 for the Raptors, who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry.
Lowry missed his second straight game because of a sprained right ankle. Coach Nick Nurse said there's no structural damage to Lowry's ankle, but soreness remains following a collision with New York's Mitchell Robinson on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Nurse said Lowry is expected to return next week.
Danny Green scored 19 points and Serge Ibaka had 11 but Toronto couldn't hold a double-digit lead in the third quarter for the second straight game. The Raptors gave away a 20-point lead before recovering to win in overtime Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), but weren't able to match that on their home court.
Oklahoma City trailed by 10 points to start the second half, and was down 13 with 5:23 to go in the third before rallying. Westbrook gave the visitors the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter on a layup with 1:18 left in the period, putting them up 80-79. The Thunder closed the third with a 20-4 run to take an 83-80 lead into the fourth.
Leonard cut the gap to 93-91 on a free throw with 7:33 to play but George hit three-pointers on either side of a fast-break layup by Grant, giving Oklahoma City a 101-91 edge with 6:21 left.
The Thunder missed eight of their first 10 shots of the game. Toronto was 5-of-6 from three-point range in the first, with Green making all three of his attempts, and the Raptors led 29-22 after one.
Leonard scored nine points in the second and Green had six as Toronto led 58-48 at halftime.
Thunder: Oklahoma City has won four straight in Toronto. ... Westbrook shot 6-for-20, going 3-for-10 in each half. ... Terrance Ferguson scored 11 points.
Raptors: Norman Powell had a career-high 11 rebounds. ... Starting C Marc Gasol didn't attempt a shot until scoring on a dunk with 1:40 remaining in the fourth. ... Former Raptors star Jorge Garbajosa attended the game.
Thunder: At Memphis on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Raptors: Host Charlotte on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).