Raptors vs Thunder: Toronto falls to OKC 98-97

Raptors Vs Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Via @VaughnRidley

Did you catch the Raptors vs Thunder game last night? Here’s a name that you’ll be hearing more in the new year: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who made the last shot of the evening, with just 36 seconds remaining. Thanks to Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder hung on to defeat the Raptors 98-97.

The Raptors failed to foul Gilgeous-Alexander in the last few seconds of the game, letting the Thunder hang on to win by a point.

The Raptors were without their core players, with Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell all absent.

Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 20 points each, with Lowry contributing 5 assists, while VanVleet had eight assists.

Toronto’s efforts in the final minutes of the game weren’t enough, managing just 17 points.

The Raptors were leading five points during the first quarter, with Gilgeous-Alexander, Steven Adams and Chris Paul leading the scoring for OKC.

OG Anunoby wasn’t having such a great night either, managing just 6 points with 5 rebounds.

Gilgeous-Alexander scored 14 points in the second quarter, not letting the Raptors slow him down.

In the second half, the Thunder managed to shoot 40% from the three during the second half.

During the third quarter, it seemed that the Raptors found a renewed sense of purpose, fighting back from a deficit of eight points.

Serge Ibaka had two assists during the game, managing 12 points and 14 boards.

The fourth quarter wasn’t particularly pleasant for either team, with both OKC and Toronto with 5 turnovers each.

In the end, OKC got 57 points from Gilgeous-Alexander and Paul, while Toronto got only 40 from their best players.

After the game, Raptors coach Nick Nurse said that Davis should have fouled Gilgeous-Alexander, but his team was disorganized and tired, unable to do what needed to get done.


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