Game Rap: Raptors 100 Thunder 88
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It Was Over When....
After another lackluster start (particularly on the defensive end) against a seriously depleted Thunder squad, the Raptors finally started to get stops after halftime and managed to inch ahead by three heading into the final frame.
From there, the Raptors reserve unit of James Johnson, Greg Stiemsma, Lou Williams, Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson (who actually started for a second straight game) managed to create the necessary separation at the start of the fourth with a 7-0 run. That pushed Toronto's advantage to double-digits and the Raptors managed to keep the Thunder at arm's length the rest of the way.
The Game Changer
I will fix this..
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) November 3, 2014
That was Patrick Patterson shortly after a tough zero-point, zero-rebound effort in a road loss to the Heat on Sunday.
The forward was true to his word in Tuesday's win, providing a strong bounce back effort that included 14 points (5-9 FGM-A), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block as he stepped into the starting five again to replace the injured Amir Johnson (sore left ankle).
The Underrated Raptor
Really like this team. Gonna be scary when we catch that vibe and mesh #wethenorth
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) November 3, 2014
While we're pulling up recent tweets from Raptors, how about some love for Lou Williams, who showed Tuesday what a luxury it can be to have a weapon like him ready and waiting to check in.
Williams rattled off nine of his 12 points in nine fourth-quarter minutes and helped the reserves turn the tide with the Raptors' starting backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry largely observing from the bench with a road game looming tomorrow.
"I saw the old Lou Williams come in and change the game," Casey said post-game.
That's A Rap...
"It’s not going to get it done. I told them until my eyes turned red and they’ve had that speech a lot. So, until it sinks in it’s going to be a roller coaster. Again, we can score, we can figure out a way to score even though we shot 39 per cent. Until we decide collectively to do it it’s going to be the same old song all over and over again.” - Head coach Dwane Casey on another porous defensive effort from his team
By The Numbers
10 - Turnovers from the Raptors, who have now coughed it up 10 times or less in every game this season
14 - Thunder turnovers in the second half
46 - Bench points from the Raptors, with Tyler Hansbrough (12), Lou Williams (12) and Greivis Vasquez (10) all scoring in double figures
16-3 - Fast break points favouring the Raptors
6 - Players available for the Thunder by the end of Tuesday's game
They Said It
"He (Dwane Casey) gave it to us at halftime. Just not accepting the way that we played in the first half and just getting on us in the locker room and just telling us it’s not playoff basketball." - Patrick Patterson, on what was said at halftime
"Well you know what? It was ugly, ugly, one of the ugliest wins in Toronto, but we’ll take it." - Greivis Vasquez, on the win
"We have to learn from it. We can't keep digging ourselves a hole and expect to fight back and have everything fall in our hands." - DeMar DeRozan, on another slow start
No rest for the Raptors, who now hit the road to complete their second back-to-back of the season when they face the Celtics for the first time in 2014-15 on Wednesday (TSN, TSN 1050)..
Game Highlights: Thunder @ Raptors - November 4, 2014
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Toronto Raptors.
Thunder @ Raptors - November 4, 2014
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Toronto Raptors.
Head coach Dwane Casey addresses media following the Raptors 100-88 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night.
DeMar DeRozan speaks with media following the Raptors 100-88 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night.
Greivis Vasquez speaks with media following the Raptors 100-88 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night.
Kyle Lowry speaks with media following the Raptors 100-88 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night.