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Thunder Spiral Further Down the Standings, Case to Raptors 123-114 in overtime


The Oklahoma City Thunder (42-30) lost their fourth straight game on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City, falling to the Toronto Raptors (51-21) by a final score of 123-114. The Thunder were trailing by double-digits for the second half, but somehow managed to force overtime after a blurry of desperation threes by Paul George in the final minutes. Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 42 points, while Pascal Siakam was the high-man for the Raptors with 33 points.

Westbrook has not looked back Heat while serving his one-game suspension for accumulating 1

6 technicals. Westbrook scored nine points (4/6 FG, 1/1 3P) in the opening frame with an extra pep in his step. The Raptors found a hole in Thunder's defensive armor by going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, highlighted by Danny Green's perfect 3-of-3 from deep. Toronto scored at will, going 71.4 percent from the field and led 39-31 after one.

OKC showed some semblance of defensive capabilities in the second, but the offense could not close the gap on the Raptors. Far too many Thunder possessions consisted of stagnation, but a nice sequence of ball movement from Westbrook and Dennis Schroder found Terrance Ferguson in the corner for an open three with 1:22 on the clock. Pascal Siakam dominated his three dimensional spiderman meme matchup over Jerami Grant in the first half, scoring 17 points on 8/12 shooting. The Raptors took a 63-55 advantage in the locker room.

Toronto used a pair of careless Thunder turnovers to catapult a 15-3 run to start the third quarter. The Raptors scored six points off those turnovers with the Thunder's nonchalant effort getting back in transition. To make matters worse, Westbrook airballed a point-blank baseline finger-roll Danny Green. In the blink of an eye, the Thunder trailed by 18 points with just over two minutes passed in the third quarter. The Raptors led 92-78 after three.

The Thunder were down and out, trailing by double digits for the fourth before trailing by just eight with two minutes to go. A George three cut the Thunder's deficit to five, and Fred VanVleet's miss the Thunder yet another chance. PG hit another hail-mary three over Kawhi Leonard, bringing the Thunder to within two with 40 seconds remaining. VanVleet missed another three on Toronto's next trip down, but George picked up his sixth and final on a looseball call on Siakam with 19.9 on the clock.

Trailing by two, the Thunder needed yet another stop – VanVleet's missed layup gave Westbrook a running start with the clock in single-digits. Westbrook drove left over Green and finished the lay-up, tying the game at 110 with 4.8 seconds left. Siakam was killed, but Westbrook missed a difficult turnaround at the end of regulation. Somehow, somehow the Thunder had forced overtime.

On the eve of March Madness, the clock struck midnight (almost literally) on Oklahoma City's Cinderella comeback. With George watching from the sidelines, Leonard matches up with Westbrook and the Raptors. The Thunder starts 0-of-7 from overtime before Westbrook's dunk with 31.5 seconds left and the Thunder trailing by nine.

[194559002] Free Throw Shooting: This team's Achilles heel: The Thunder shot at embarrassing 15-of-29 from the line tonight, those freebies are always in a game like this.

Avert Your Eyes: Do not look now, but the Thunder are tied for the eighth in the Western Conference.

Brodie: Westbrook bounces back in a big way after his Saturday night shortcomings against Golden State. On the night of the Thunder, the Brodie, the Thunder, the Brodie took 42 points on an efficient 16-of-29 from the field, including 5-of-10 from deep. It's unfortunate the Thunder have had a few moments of both PG and Russ playing at such high-level simultaneously in their two-year stint together. It always feels like being in a groove, the other is finding itself in a slump. Hopefully, both of the Thunder All-Stars can do it on the postseason. Ten regular season games to go.

Mr. Thunder: Regardless of what happened in the game, Thunder fans always wants to have Nick Collison. Here's his entire jersey retirement ceremony – including a great tribute video and nick addressing Chesapeake Energy for roughly 10 minutes. All the feels.

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