NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Oklahoma City
(Friday, December 19th)
Final Score: Oklahoma City 91, Toronto 83
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant had 24 points and eight rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder won for just the third time this season with a 91-83 triumph over the reeling Toronto Raptors at the Ford Center.
Russell Westbrook notched 19 points and eight assists while Desmond Mason was a spark off the bench with a season-high 10 rebounds with seven points and four assists -- bringing the Ford Center to life with a win for the first time since November 2.
The Thunder had lost eight consecutive games since their second win of the season, over Memphis, on November 29, and are still a dismal 2-12 at home with an NBA-worst 3-24 overall mark.
Jeff Green chipped in 13 points and Nick Collison had 10 with nine boards.
Chris Bosh collected 22 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Raptors, who have dropped four straight and nine of 11 overall while opening a six-game road trip Friday.
Andrea Bargnani netted 16 points while Jose Calderon added eight points and as many assists in a losing effort.
With the game tied at 76 late in the fourth, Durant stroked a three-ball and Westbrook nailed a running jumper around a pair of Jason Kapono field goals. Mason answered the latter Toronto basket with a jumper to make it an 83-80 affair with 2 1/2 minutes left. That basket would start a 10-1 Thunder run to until Toronto scored inside five seconds remaining.
A vicious dunk from Green with 33.8 seconds left brought the crowd to their feet and put the exclamation mark on a rare Thunder win.
Oklahoma City raced out to a 21-9 lead in the opening quarter before Toronto cut the deficit to nine, 26-17, after 12 minutes. The Thunder stretched their lead back to double figures and a Bargnani jumper before the half allowed for a 10-point game, 46-36.
A pair of free throws and a Bosh slam got the Raptors within five in the waning moments of the third, but Oklahoma City finished with six of the quarter's final eight points to maintain a 68-59 lead.
Toronto came out firing in the fourth with seven points from Bargnani and an Anthony Parker jumper made it a three-point game early on. An 8-3 spurt from there capped with a layup from Bosh tied the game at 76.
The Raptors and the Oklahoma City/Seattle franchise split the two-game season series in 2007-08 for the third straight year...Toronto is now 5-8 as the visitor this year and will also face San Antonio, the LA Clippers, Sacramento, Portland and Golden State on its trek...Oklahoma City is now 1-1 on its three- game residency, which wraps up against Cleveland Sunday.
12/19 23:46:00 ET