Final / 2OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Sunday, December 22nd
Raptors104Final
Thunder98
Game 2: Friday, March 21st
Thunder119Final
2OT
Raptors118

Thunder 119

(51-18, 23-11 away)

Raptors 118

(38-30, 20-14 home)

7:00 PM ET, March 21, 2014

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT T
OKC 22 20 30 24 11 12119
TOR 20 26 25 25 11 11118

Top Performers

Oklahoma City: K. Durant 51 Pts, 12 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Toronto: A. Johnson 25 Pts, 12 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

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The Oklahoma City Thunder went unbeaten at home until late December before coming up short against the Toronto Raptors.

They'll try to return the favor as these first-place teams meet at Air Canada Centre on Friday night.

Oklahoma City (50-18) won each of its first 13 home games to tie a franchise record before running into trouble in a 104-98 loss to Toronto (38-29). Kyle Lowry racked up 22 points and nine assists as the Raptors outscored the Thunder 29-14 in the fourth quarter, snapping a three-game skid in the series.

"Losses happen in this league," said Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, who had 24 points but shot 5 of 16. "They beat us fair and square, you know?"

Oklahoma City has won two of three in Toronto, suffering a 111-99 loss on Dec. 3, 2010, with Durant on the sidelines. Another victory could be hard to come by, as the Raptors are 16-5 on their own court since Dec. 28.

Toronto returns home after winning 107-100 at New Orleans on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 31 points and Lowry added 23 as the Raptors outscored the Pelicans 26-15 over the final 12 minutes.

"I think this is one of the hardest playing teams I've ever played on," said Tyler Hansbrough, who pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds. "We play hard every night, and not every team does that. ... We have to keep improving."

Toronto held a 48-34 rebounding edge, including 22-5 on the offensive glass that resulted in an 18-6 edge in second-chance points.

"This game was about mental toughness and physical toughness more so than skill. No matter who you're playing, you have to bring that each and every night," coach Dwane Casey said. "These last (15) games are going to be about mental and physical toughness as much as anything else."

The Thunder are looking to sweep a three-game road trip after winning 102-95 at Cleveland on Thursday. Durant, who had 35 points, 12 boards and five assists three nights earlier in a 97-85 victory at Chicago, recorded 35, 11 and six against the Cavaliers.

Durant finished 12 of 21 from the field despite starting 1 for 6.

"I just don't care if I miss," he said. "I had it in my mind that I was going to start the game off 1 for 10. That's how quickly it can change, man. I thought I might be in for a tough shooting night, but I always stay aggressive."

Durant is averaging a career-high 31.9 points to lead the NBA. He has scored at least 25 in 33 consecutive games, the league's longest streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run in 1986-87.

"He does it every night and his consistency is remarkable," coach Scott Brooks said.

Durant should get some help from Russell Westbrook, who is expected to play after sitting out Thursday to rest his surgically repaired knee in the first of a back-to-back. Westbrook is averaging 25.2 points and 8.4 assists over his last five games.

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was held out against New Orleans due to a back injury, leaving his status for this game unclear. He was averaging 18.0 points while shooting 69.7 percent over a three-game stretch before getting hurt.

The Thunder are 11-2 on the road against Eastern Conference teams, while Toronto has won six of its last seven against the West.

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Research Notes

Kevin Durant now has extended his streak of 25-point games to 34, still the longest single-season streak since Michael Jordan (40 in 1986-87).
Kevin Durant posted his 39th career 40-point game on Friday, easily the most in franchise history, and the same number as the next 4 guys on the list COMBINED. He now has MORE than half of the 40-point games in SuperSonics/Thunder franchise history (39 of 77 - 50.6%).
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Kevin Durant: 4th career 50-point game; 2nd this season (only player with multiple 50-point games this season) He is the first player with multiple 50-point games in a season since Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in 2008-09 (3)
Durant scored 38 of his 51 points in the 2nd half and overtime, continuing to showcase how he will put the Thunder on his back without Westbrook, who left with 7:37 left in the 3rd quarter. Durant has averaged 33.9 points per game without Westbrook this season, compared to 30.2 PPG with him in the lineup.
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Durant's game winning 3-pointer with :01 left in 2 OT was from 31 feet, tied for the longest made 3 in his career. Durant hit four 3-pointers in the 4th quarter and OT from 27+ feet. He had never made more than two 3-pointers from such distances in a game in his career.

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