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Durant, Thunder Silence Raps At ACC
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JP Lopez
March 19, 2010
Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

It was not a good night for the Raptors, as it was just about over once the team found themselves down by as much as 34 mid-way through the third quarter.

"I thought our guys came out with a lot of energy on the defensive end." said Thunder head coach Scott Brooks following their win over the Raps. "That was our best game of the year."


Thunder's all-star Kevin Durant proved once again why he's one of the top players in the NBA, shooting 7-16 from the field and going 17-18 from the line for a combined 31 points. He also added 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists.

The Thunder also had a solid performance from forward Jeff Green, as he finished with 25 points and 7 boards on the team's win over the Raptors.


There were hardly any bright spots for the Raptors, but the team got a good performance out of Marco Belinelli. He came off the bench and gave the team a respectable 12 points.

Although the team was down and out by the fourth quarter, Reggie Evans provided a spark in the late in the game grabbing seven boards and scoring three points in 16 minutes of play.


"There is a reason the Thunder have won 42 games. They are pretty darn quick to the ball. You try and focus on guys like Durant so you have another guy out, but it is just a matter of it goes up and I have to find a body, rather than turning around and going to get it"

- Head coach Jay Triano on the loss to the Thunder.


Sat., March 20 @ New Jersey Nets
7:30 PM ET (TSN2, FAN590)

The Raptors look to put their recent loss behind them on Saturday night as they conclude a back-to-back against the Nets in New Jersey. The lowly Nets have lost their past 6 games and are at the bottom of the NBA standings with a 7-61 record.
The last time the two teams met on Feb. 19, the Raptors played a solid game winning 106-89 at IZOD Center.

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The Numbers
2-4 The Raptors' home win-loss record since winning 9 of 10
38 Durant's 30 point game streak leads the NBA.
27-6 Thunder outscored the Raps 27-6 in second chance points.
34-10 Oklahoma City outscored the Raps 34-10 in fast break points.
43 Chris Bosh recorded a franchise record-tying 43rd double-double of the season.
They Said It...
Jay Triano "Any time you play a team where they throw it up and half the time they miss they get it back, you are going to be in a little bit of a hole."
- Head coach Jay Triano, on the loss.
Chris Bosh "There is really no nice way of putting it. They came out and they did what they do and we didn't respond. We didn't impose our will and we didn't resist them at all"
- Chris Bosh and his thoughts on the game.
Jose Calderon "I think we forgot about everything and we just played a bad game, they played ver good. You have to give them a lot of credit, they are a great team and they played pretty good."
- Jose Calderon on the overall effort.