Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Oklahoma City Thunder (8-16) play against the Toronto Raptors (14-14) at Scotiabank Arena

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Wednesday December 8, 2021

Oklahoma City Thunder 110, Toronto Raptors 109 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Top Rookies on Wed
Scottie Barnes, 18 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Evan Mobley, 16 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 5 blk
Brandon Boston Jr., 27 pts, 2 reb, 4 stl, 5-8 3P
Herb Jones, 19 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Chris Duarte, 23 pts, 3 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl – 1:14 AM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
New Locked on Thunder Podcast:
🏀: OKC beats Toronto in a fun game!
🏀: Darius Bazley bounces back
🏀: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shows growth
🏀: Josh Giddey’s flashes
🏀: The vets
🏀: Luuuu Dort
#ThunderUp: https://t.co/mMkaoVLwqq pic.twitter.com/WAG1QvkOQU12:59 AM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors are down to zero healthy centers. If only there were a couple impact bigs on the market…
Domantas Sabonis or Myles Turner would check a lot of boxes. Question is, are the Raps ready to expedite the growth process, and at what cost? https://t.co/ahwUBEuov9 pic.twitter.com/wnPv3Y5iVd12:31 AM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA on the game-winner: “As soon as I seen Mike open, I knew what I had to do.” pic.twitter.com/yZXWvBDA8A11:52 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Lu Dort on playing in Toronto: “As a kid, it’s all Canadians’ dreams to play here.
To have my people from Montreal here supporting me. Even some people I didn’t know were yelling my name in the crowd. It’s just great.”
Yeah cool but check the drip: pic.twitter.com/WU4lpoysFP11:50 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
The veteran trio tonight for the #Thunder of Kenrich Williams, Mike Muscala, and Derrick Favors combined for 23 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, 56-percent from the floor. Huge tonight in the OKC win. #ThunderUp – 11:45 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Five takeaways from a wildly entertaining Thunder win in Toronto: oklahoman.com/story/sports/2…11:39 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Fred VanVleet after Nick Nurse criticized the team’s overall effort in loss vs. OKC. FVV says it’s part of a pattern — Nurse gets mad, let’s them know it, they play well and then the effort falls off again. Does an NBA team need that to be motivated? pic.twitter.com/ECd3oYTH9810:39 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said the team is “heading in the right direction, for sure.” – 10:33 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
New members are always welcome 🤗
🎨 | @7A_mountain pic.twitter.com/saA0k7YC8t10:32 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA on the atmosphere tonight: “It was electric. It has been every time I play here.”
Both Shai and Lu said it was special playing at home. – 10:29 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Shai said it was “really scary” waiting to see if the Raptors would win on that shot or not. pic.twitter.com/ZkM6dw9rVV10:28 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
In their last three games the Thunder are 2-1 with a -61 point differential – 10:26 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mike Muscala said that was his first game winner, but then he was reminded of the Heat game in the bubble.
I believe Thunder fans remember that one well. Perhaps not in a fond way. – 10:22 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mike Muscala on following the 73-point loss at Memphis with wins at Detroit and Toronto: “I hope that we remember that pain. I know I will for a while.” – 10:20 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Mark Daigneault on OKC locker room celebrations: “By the time I get back there, I kinda kill the buzz.” – 10:20 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Fred VanVleet: “Seems to be our pattern: Play well, play really bad, get yelled at. Play hard, then do it all over again. It’s disappointing, but it is what it is.” Said they must think they are better than some teams, but it doesn’t work that way. – 10:18 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Fred VanVleet: “Seems to be our pattern – play well, play really bad, get yelled at, play hard, then do it all over again. It’s disappointing, but it is what it is.” pic.twitter.com/84ADTybvGx10:17 PM

Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Lots to sift through here…
Tough, tough loss for T.O.
Pro sports…the ultimate reality TV.
@FAN590 @Sportsnet #Raptors
#wethenorth #rtz #nba #nba75 #SmithAndJones pic.twitter.com/H6WtmlAC6110:17 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Mike Muscala has apparently been shopping with SGA. pic.twitter.com/oXoiY4AQ6X10:16 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Muscala “I’m proud of him” when talking about Darius Bazley’s defense especially on the final possession to win it. – 10:15 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mike Muscala on the final play “coach drew up a good play there.” Says Shai has done a great job of getting into the paint, finding guys, finishing. Praises Shai’s patience and ability to find Muscala for the shot. – 10:15 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Daigneault on SGA’s technical: “When he came to the bench I just told him to not get ejected.” – 10:14 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s tech “we are never going to encourage tech’s. I’m petrified of them because they’re points. 60% of games are close in the last five minutes and this one came down to one point. I think that was a quick trigger by them.” – 10:14 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault “I’m really happy for Shai and Lu but I don’t want to make it about them, I think our team 1-11 really competed” called it a team win. – 10:12 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mark Daigneault said Darius Bazley “scraped the ceiling” on his late block. Really a big-time game for Bazley. Solid defense, and kept things simple on offense. – 10:10 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault says “I was really impressed with [Darius Bazley]” praises the cutting, effort, and “activity defensively.” Mention’s the play at the end “was a big time play.” – 10:08 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
📊
@Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 26 PTS, 9 AST
@luthebeast 22 PTS, 6 REB
@BazleyDarius 15 PTS, 5 REB
@Josh Giddey 13 PTS, 8 AST
@Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 5 PTS, 6 REB
@williamskenrich 9 PTS, 4 STL
@dfavors14 8 PTS, 9 REB
#MikeMuscala 6 PTS
@tre2mann3 3 PTS, 2 STL
@aleksejpokusevs 3 PTS, 3 REB
@_PWJiii 1 REB pic.twitter.com/S7zJDM8TgH10:08 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault on Shai’s drive out of time out “I mean it wasn’t to get a three, when teams do that to him we try to use him as a screener, it puts them in a dilemma.” Said SGA hit the paint, had a great spray out to Mike, they had Dort cutting off the Shai screen on the play. – 10:08 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
“It kinda hurt. It really did hurt.” – Justin Champagnie – 10:06 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault praised the big time block from Darius Bazley “the guys scraping the ceiling, it’s a helluva play” – 10:06 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
After overcoming a 13-point deficit, the Thunder improved to 9-3 all-time in Toronto. per thunder PR – 10:04 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
The early version: Raptors lose heartbreaker to Thunder as buzzer-beater waved off torontosun.com/sports/basketb…10:04 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
❝Shai’s been so good all season long at getting into the paint and finding guys. He was patient in there, it was a heck of a pass.❞
🎤 #MikeMuscala pic.twitter.com/81iCrdhjCu10:01 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Nick Nurse on the Raptors second half defence: “Poor energy, poor effort kind of stuff. Not enough.” – 9:57 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Why did Justin Champagnie play in the fourth? “I didn’t like any of the other guys,” Nick Nurse says of the other options. – 9:57 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the young scrappy #Thunder beat the Raptors tonight in one of the most fun games in a long time for OKC. That was awesome. #ThunderUp: thunderousintentions.com/2021/12/08/okc…9:55 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA’s last three games:
39 points
30 points/13 assists
26 points/9 assists (including the game-winner) – 9:55 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Thunder follow up that big Grizz loss with an 18 point comeback road win vs the Pistons and a double digit come from behind road win vs the hot Raptors.
Impressive response from the youngest team in the league.
(Helps to have SGA, Giddey, Kenrich and Favors.) – 9:53 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Mayhem at the buzzer in Toronto.
Champagnie wins it for the Raptors.
Building goes nuts.
Reviewed.
Overturned.
Raptors lose.
Despair. pic.twitter.com/6rGMgNWauJ9:51 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
What a weird, wacky game that was. Raptors closed on a 26-13 run but came 1 point and a split second short. Even under the circumstances (injuries, strong last few minutes), that’s a tough loss to stomach. – 9:50 PM
Tony East @TEastNBA
Sitting in the press room watching Mike Muscala and Justin Champagnie trade game winners was a strange experience – 9:50 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Raptors fans watching Canadian duo SGA and Lu Dort go off to beat Toronto: pic.twitter.com/bhrlgBzeyq9:49 PM
Royce Young @royceyoung
That tip is a tenth of a second after the buzzer and the Thunder are going to win on a Muscala 3. Back to back wins for OKC, and both featured quality closing and composure. – 9:49 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Darius Bazley has taken the lumps, but Baze just saved this game for OKC with an incredible clutch defensive play so let’s give him his flowers. – 9:48 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
‘Topes lose. Champagnie’s tip comes late, Thunder win 110-109. – 9:47 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Toronto’s tip-in was late.
Thunder win 110-109 – 9:47 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Nope! That shouldn’t count! OKC wins! – 9:47 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
MAYHEM in Toronto … at least for the moment. – 9:46 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Mike Muscala is the most clutch player in the NBA but he’s only had like 3 chances to ever prove it. – 9:45 PM
Royce Young @royceyoung
Awesome play from SGA, drawing all the attention and trusting Muscala for a kickout go-ahead 3. – 9:45 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Muscala makes Raptors pay for helping on defence, hits 3 and OKC up 1 with 8.9 seconds left – 9:45 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Mike Muscala buries a 3-pointer to put the Thunder up 110-109 with nine seconds left. What a ballgame. – 9:44 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
Million dollar cut, ten million dollar finish for Justin Champagnie! – 9:43 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
I wonder how much time the Thunder spent on Justin Champagnie in preparation for tonight. – 9:43 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
A Shai Gilgeous-Alexander or Lu Dort buzzer beater would be poetic. – 9:42 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Just like they drew it up. Justin Champagnie. – 9:42 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Justin Champagnie? Justin Champagnie! – 9:42 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Clutch Shai Gilgeous-Alexander free throws there which is welcomed. – 9:42 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Justin Champagnie, natch. Raps by two, 109-107, 18 left. – 9:42 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
I haven’t screamed about a Thunder game in a long time. Feels good. – 9:40 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
40.7 sec left …
FVV 2/2 FTs…
Raptors LEAD by 2
👀 – 9:40 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
This game is drunk and Scottie Barnes has eaten Josh Giddey’s lunch. – 9:40 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
VanVleet at the line for 2, game tied 105-105. – 9:40 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Shai drawing fouls like James Harden and Trae Young have combined into one player – 9:38 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
young but they treat him like the OG
@Josh Giddey | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/Dy89HQLy1E9:37 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
JOSH GIDDEY. SHARPSHOOTER! – 9:37 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Back to back triples for FVV
Raps have cut it to 6 with 3:51 left
Gotta play mistake-free ball down the stretch here – 9:35 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Fred time.
VanVleet through 3Q: 5 points, 2-13 FG, 1-8 3P.
VanVleet in 8 4th-quarter minutes: 9 points, 3-3 FG, 3-3 3P. – 9:35 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Love watching FVV. This is really fun. – 9:34 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Back to back Fred 3s and it’s a 6 point OKC lead with 3:51 left
Maybe I’ll start the story for the third time now – 9:34 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
VanVleet hits a pair of 3s, and the Thunder lead is down to six with 3:51 back. The Raptors look mildly exhausted, but hey. – 9:34 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA has thrown a few really pretty passes tonight, like that one to Giddey, who then found Dort in the corner for a three. – 9:33 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
love the game, love the hustle 😤
@Tre Mann | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/knROysvBp79:28 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey scores a layup on Scottie Barnes on one end and then blocks Barnes’ shot on the other end.
That’s it, Thunder won the draft. – 9:28 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors just lost Shai’s rest minutes 6-4, which isn’t exactly the best way to mount this comeback. SGA back in with 7 minutes left and a 13-point OKC lead. – 9:26 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
If the Raptors lose to the Thunder, OKC gets to pick one player off Toronto’s roster. – 9:23 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mentioned on Locked on Thunder, it’s not just Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort excited about this game their teammates want this win for them too. Toronto played swarming defense but OKC kept fighting, threw a counter punch, and now control the game. – 9:22 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
The Raptors shot 5-for-27 from the field in the third quarter. Only two turnovers! – 9:22 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Watching Josh Giddey guard Scottie Barnes is like watching two Spiderverse timelines converging. – 9:22 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Tre Mann shows something new every game.
Back to back steals for the #18 overall pick. – 9:21 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA has three straight games with 10+ free throw attempts. That’s a notable development. – 9:20 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Final: Pacers 122, Knicks 102.
Knicks fall to 12-13 on the season, 11th in the East. Next up: at Toronto on Friday.
• Barrett 19-2-3
• Randle 18 & 8
• Burks 15 pts
• Duarte 12-3-6
• Sabonis 21-11-5
• Turner 22 & 4 – 9:20 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Scottie Barnes waving off Banton from the corner so he could dribble himself into a double-team everyone in the arena saw coming might not the wisest decision of the night – 9:19 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
drive in the paint like it’s yours
@luthebeast | #ThunderUp pic.twitter.com/3wFhR2gBa49:15 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
3rd quarter scoring
SGA: 16
Toronto: 12 – 9:14 PM
Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
Wow! The struggle was real for Toronto in the 3rd. That 25-3 run was ugly. – 9:14 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
8 min to go in q3…Raps were up 11.
OKC closes the frame on a 25-3 run
👀 !!
Thunder lead by 11 going to q4.
Not ideal!! – 9:13 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
The Raptors just lost the third quarter 33-12 to a team with a -9.2 net rating. That, uhhh, cannot happen. Thunder up 87-76 headed into fourth. – 9:13 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
OKC outscored Toronto 33-12 in the third quarter. SGA had 16 of those. – 9:13 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Not sure he’s the type, but if Shai wanted to shout “this is my house” right about now I wouldn’t blame him. SGA masterpiece at SBA. – 9:12 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Lu Dort had a big first half and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has had a huge third. Toronto’s offence has vanished. Resulting in an 87-76 Thunder lead. Believe it’s a 25-3 OKC run heading into the fourth. – 9:12 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
raptors scored a point a minute in the third quarter… against the thunder… at home – 9:12 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
That’s as bad a quarter as the Raptors might be capable of, they’re down 87-76 after 3
Lucky to be that close – 9:12 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors have scored 12 points in 10 1/2 minutes
Yikes! – 9:10 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
The trickle down effect of BIrch and Achiuwa out is the need to rel on Isaac Bonga who just doesn’t seem ready for big time game-in-doubt minutes yet – 9:07 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
trailing by 10 at the half the thunder now lead by 2. after combining for 35 in the first half gary and pascal have 2pts eight minutes into the third q – 9:05 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA got hit with a weak technical foul and it made me realize that this Thunder team NEVER gets techs.
Makes you nostalgic for the days of counting Russ’s techs in hopes he wouldn’t have to miss a game. – 9:03 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Well, the Thunder are leading. Shai has more or less taken over. – 9:02 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA drained a three to tie the game 73-73 and was then t’d up. Couldn’t tell what happened. Anyone see it? – 9:02 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA with a Giddeyish pinpoint half-court bounce pass for a Bazley dunk.
OKC on an 8-0 run to get it within 3. – 8:59 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Chris Boucher is now 10 for 56 this season on three point attempts
That’s 17.8 per cent and he’s got to start turning them down and moving the ball – 8:58 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Two Giddey 3’s in one game, my heart. You love to see it. – 8:57 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
While it’s not quite Lowry drawing a charge on Zion or Boogie, Chris Boucher stepping in front of fellow Montrealer Lu Dort at full speed takes some stones. – 8:57 PM
Payal Doshi @PayalDoshiTV
FVV showing that hustle. – 8:57 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
This Toronto defense is just too much for OKC. – 8:56 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Fred VanVleet just destroyed Josh Giddey on a defensive possession (and then was called for a foul diving for the loose ball.) – 8:56 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA and Dort were given a shoutout in the last timeout. pic.twitter.com/pUGHUiHy5u8:55 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
previously on: Ready To Fly ✈️ pic.twitter.com/kB5ncFB3KU8:54 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The boxscore says that Gary Trent has missed 3 shots and that feels like it’s gotta be a misprint. Dude is on one right now. He and Pascal Siakam combined for 35 first-half points on 15-20 FG. Raptors lead by 10 at the break. – 8:34 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
“I told you though I told you” 👀 @Gary Trent Jr. pic.twitter.com/f2R9xuCPAw8:33 PM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Raptors lead Thunder 64-54. Halftime highlight? Either Barnes pinning Giddey with a ridiculous block, or this: Return of MegaRaptor! pic.twitter.com/2Le7QsRPd98:33 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
That’s purdy @luthebeast
shoutout @exhoopsmc pic.twitter.com/rNtHqqgdPz8:33 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
That boy hotter than the oven on 450 degrees! 👀 @Pascal Siakam pic.twitter.com/ns8J9s0Dcu8:33 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Halftime: Raptors 64, Thunder 54
– Dort: 14 pts
– SGA: 8 pts, 5 ast
– Trent Jr.: 19 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast
– Siakam: 16 pts, 4 reb – 8:32 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
raptors lead thunder 64-54 at the half but gary leads pascal 19-16 in the real battle tonight – 8:31 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Raptors up 64-54 at the half. I bet you’re wondering who had the best plus-minus in the first half. Yes, it was YUTA. – 8:31 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Still not a Raptors defensive gem but they’re basically scoring at will.
Trent’s got 19, SIakam 16 and Toronto up 64-54 at half – 8:30 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
team basketball right here ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/OK1TX2gzQ98:23 PM

Toronto Raptors @Raptors
We call that Windex fam, cause cleanin the glass @ScottBarnes561 pic.twitter.com/1DVMkcrzkV8:21 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors lead down to 3, Dort’s got 14 – 8:20 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Gary Trent Jr. just muscled the ball away from Josh Giddey, who’s very upset with the no call. – 8:19 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Josh Giddey has made the most boring of NBA plays, the in-bounds pass, must-see TV. – 8:15 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Hey, Raptors are fouling a lot
Go figure – 8:14 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
I wonder how fast Josh Giddey could throw a baseball. – 8:10 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
After 1Q, Raptors only on pace to beat OKC by 40, clearly they’re no Grizz – 8:04 PM
Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
Raptors hang 36 on OKC in q1…leading by 10 as we get set for q2. Don’t take that foot off the gas now – 8:04 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Some magical Fred 2-for-1 stuff to end first,Raptors up 10 – 8:03 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Pistons are currently 18-19 at the free throw line. They took six total free throws two nights ago against OKC – 8:03 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons are 16-of-17 from the FT line tonight — in the first half.
The attempted just 6 in Monday’s matchup with the #Thunder. – 8:01 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Isaac Bonga corner 3 off a Yuta drive-and-kick
That’s not on page 1 of the playbook – 8:01 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Raptors are shooting 63% through 10 minutes. In fact, if you exclude VanVleet (who’s got Lu Dort draped all over him), they’re 12-for-16. Siakam (4-for-4) is picking up where he left off vs Washington, and hot starts for Barnes (3-for-5) and Trent (3-for-4). – 7:59 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
SGA is shooting 30% on non-corner threes this season after 42% last season. – 7:58 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors up 7 at second timeout, they’re not exactly flying around on defence but they’re also not defending the 80s Lakers – 7:58 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Yeah, I think Lu Dort is a *little* jacked about being in Toronto. – 7:57 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Pascal Siakam has a friendly rim tonight. Has started the game with four straight made shots, two of them with the rim being mighty helpful. – 7:54 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Former Raptor Paul Watson Jr. is the first man off the bench tonight. – 7:54 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Everything about this sequence is 🔥 pic.twitter.com/y6V9YueDy47:53 PM

Doug Smith @SmithRaps
I’d forgotten all about Paul Watson Jr being on the Thunder
Bonga and Watanabe first off the bench for Toronto – 7:53 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Scottie Barnes already has six points, three rebounds and two assists. Bullied the Thunder down low on back-to-back possessions. – 7:53 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Pascal and Scottie taking advantage of every post-up opportunity against Giddey or Bazley, that’s the way it’s gotta be – 7:52 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Please stop jumping when @Chris Boucher take flight ✈️ pic.twitter.com/eItDdrgSJL7:51 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
somethin’ in this Canadian water pic.twitter.com/0gAO2xVtNN7:49 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
The Raptors let up a billion points to the Pistons when they were ranked last in offence. Well, the Thunder are ranked last in offence, and have 14 in the first fie minutes. – 7:48 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
oh hey shai – 7:46 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Raptors have 13 points, 12 have been scored in the paint and the other was a FT – 7:46 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Notable start for Scottie Barnes, who opens the game guarding Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and found Chris Boucher around the rim for 2 of the Raptors’ first 3 buckets. – 7:46 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder staff appropriately going with the sweater look here in Toronto. – 7:45 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
The way OKC has scored is every fans dream. Bazley is getting going at the rim, plus a Dort and Giddey 3. You love to see it. – 7:45 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Fantastic back door cut by Bazley, great pass by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Pretty stuff. – 7:44 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Darius Bazley has all six Thunder points. Two dunks and a nice drive. – 7:44 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Darius Bazley turning defense into offense is how he will get going. – 7:43 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
Two Decembers ago Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came home and dropped a then career-best 32 points on the Raptors, including the game-winner. Chris Paul was unreal in that one too. This is his first trip back. – 7:42 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Scottie Barnes throws an alley-oop off the screen/roll? Hello. – 7:41 PM
Doug Smith @SmithRaps
Thunder in the traditional road whites – 7:40 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
OKC head coach Mark Daigneault was asked about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s development as a leader and said some really cool things: pic.twitter.com/VHC83TmLRF7:40 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got a nice ovation in his hometown pic.twitter.com/F4LkVEI0dH7:37 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Chris Boucher makes his 15th career start tonight vs. OKC Thunder and fellow Montrealer Lu Dort. Boucher averaged 15.1 points and 7.9 rebounds in 14 starts last season. – 7:32 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
tipping off in Tdot ⚡️
Presented by @EnableMidstream pic.twitter.com/HJyhHGpukP7:30 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
There’s 5:50 left in the first quarter and the Pistons already have just two less free throws (4) than they did the entire game OKC (6). – 7:22 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
Tonight’s @Invisalign starting lineup pic.twitter.com/XMHsu3tI5A7:22 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
To welcome home Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort, MLSE has dropped the building’s temperature to -1 million. – 7:20 PM
Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
If the score monitors are correct, Chris Boucher starting at C for Raptors – 7:05 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
We love us some posters!
Keep the creativity coming y’all! pic.twitter.com/JIO5epPvH56:58 PM

Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Apparently Yuta Watanabe is (or was) a big baseball player, according to thunder coach Mark Daigneault – 6:17 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
The Raptors have only had both their centers – Birch and Achiuwa – available in half of their 24 games (they’re 7-5 in those games). Those two guys have accounted for 78% of the team’s minutes at C this season. This is the first time they won’t have either of them in the lineup. – 6:14 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Thunder starters at Raptors
– SGA
– Giddey
– Dort
– Bazley
– Robinson-Earl – 6:07 PM
Toronto Raptors @Raptors
It’s brick outside ❄️ pic.twitter.com/Il1WUn6lQf6:04 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Josh Giddey on being named Western Conference Rookie of the Month: “It was cool. The individual awards are good, but it’s always been about the team.” – 5:50 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Precious Achiuwa (shoulder) is out vs. Thunder. Aggravated previous injury. Birch and OG also out. – 5:50 PM
Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Precious Achiuwa is not available because of shoulder tendinitis. The Raptors will have no centre tonight against the Thunder. – 5:49 PM
Aaron Rose @AaronBenRose
Precious Achiuwa is out tonight – 5:48 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Homecoming game for SGA and Dort (close enough). Should be a fun one. pic.twitter.com/tnc6dmebQD5:11 PM

Eric Koreen @ekoreen
Precious Achiuwa is questionable tonight because of his recurring shoulder tendinitis. Centres: Who needs ‘em? – 4:08 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Lu gets up and the Sonic Slam 🍔💰!
Wanna win @sonicdrivein cash?
Enter for tonight’s game: https://t.co/qxnZe5Bxk3 pic.twitter.com/RHjTrmiFRH4:00 PM

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Precious Achiuwa has been added to the Raptors’ injury report for tonight’s game vs OKC. He’s questionable with his lingering right shoulder tendinitis. Anunoby and Birch already ruled OUT. – 3:14 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
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Doug Smith @SmithRaps
As well as having Birch and Anunoby out, the Raptors have just now labelled Achiuwa questionable for tonight with some shoulder issues – 3:11 PM
Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
Precious Achiuwa is questionable to play tonight with right shoulder tendinitis. – 3:11 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder @okcthunder
Montreal’s Finest vs Toronto’s Own pic.twitter.com/SxHrxz50VC2:33 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
13-game slate tonight.
6x Rivals card, the player vs. player H2H game only ⁦@UnderdogFantasy⁩.
Shai being an underdog against anyone is hilarious.
Link to play ➡️ https://t.co/P3LMH5finh pic.twitter.com/guGxyGgU582:03 PM

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