Raptors hand Thunder first home lossDec 23, 2013 - 5:59 AM Toronto Raptors handed the Oklahoma City Thunder their first home loss of the season following a 104-98 triumph on Sunday night.
A Lowry triple with 3:15 left gave Toronto a 98-93 cushion, but Perry Jones sunk a pair of free throws and Kevin Durant nailed a straightaway 3 to knot the game with 1:39 left.
The Raptors, though, netted the final six points of the contest.
John Salmons made two foul shots at the other end and Jonas Valanciunas blocked Russell Westbrook in transition to keep Toronto in front. Amir Johnson knocked down two free throws to make it 102-98.
Durant missed a triple with 12 seconds left and Lowry pulled down the rebound and nailed a pair of foul shots to seal the outcome.
"They made enough plays down the stretch and we didn't," said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. "We got a lot of open looks that we just didn't make and we gave them easier looks in the fourth than we did in the third."
Johnson tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, which has won four of its last five contests. DeMar DeRozan netted 17 points in the victory.
Westbrook had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while Durant added 24 points and eight boards for the Thunder, who had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
"You don't hold a guy like Kevin Durant down like that too many times," said Toronto head coach Dwane Casey. "He had a quiet 24 but he had to work for each one of them."
Oklahoma City was the lone remaining unbeaten team at home heading into the tilt.
Toronto led 25-21 after a quarter of play and 62-56 at the break.
Valanciunas' floater staked Toronto its largest lead at 67-58 with 9:57 left in the third before the Thunder used an elongated 24-4 run to build an 11- point lead.
Durant had 11 points and Westbrook added 10 points during the surge, which was capped on a pair of Westbrook free throws for an 82-71 OKC advantage late in the third.
The Thunder, who outscored Toronto 28-13 in the third, took an 84-75 spread into the final frame. Toronto shot just 17.4 percent (4-of-23) in the period.
A 16-4 Raptors run in the fourth helped them build their 98-93 edge.
The Raptors shot 39.6 percent (36-of-91) from the floor ... Oklahoma City was 35-of-36 (97.2 percent) from the foul line ... Durant made all 12 of his foul shots.
Dec 22 9:40 PM
- TORONTO: 75
OKLAHOMA CITY: 84
End of 3rd
Dec 22 9:01 PM
- TORONTO: 62
OKLAHOMA CITY: 56
Dec 22 8:14 PM
- TORONTO: 25
OKLAHOMA CITY: 21
End of 1st
Dec 22 7:38 PM
- TORONTO: 0
OKLAHOMA CITY: 2
1st Quarter - 11:42
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