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Thunder win sixth straight, snapping Toronto’s streak

Thunder win sixth straight, snapping Toronto’s streak

The Oklahoma City Thunder snag their sixth consecutive win after beating the Toronto Raptors 132-125 Sunday afternoon. The Raptors were looking for their 12th straight win before Russell Westbrook lead his team into Toronto and ended their streak. In addition to Westbrook having an unbelievable night, recording his fifth straight triple-double, the Raptors made matters worse for themselves by having DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, and head coach Dwane Casey ejected. Kyle Lowry eventually fouled out as well with 3:18 left in the game.

Oklahoma City has been criticized majority of the season as a team with all the talent, yet no consistency in identity. It was no more than a month ago when the Thunder were on the edge of being knocked out of playoff contentions. After the loss of Andre Roberson to injury, it looked as if the Thunder’s season was over due to the lack of a strong defensive presence. However, after signing Corey Brewer and adding him into the starting line-up, the Thunder has not lost. Although he doesn’t have the defense Roberson displays, Brewer has been contributing to the team in various ways. Brewer finished his night in Toronto with 10 points on 50% shooting and three steals.

Russell Westbrook had a historical night, recording another triple-double with 37 points, 14 assists, and 13 rebounds on 68.2% shooting. This is the third time in Westbrook’s career he had recorded five consecutive triple-doubles. While he had a quite first-half with 11 points, Westbrook played lights-out in the fourth quarter with 17 points and four rebounds. “We do a great job at doing what we do”, Westbrook said after the win. “Our teams been playing great basketball defensively. We got some great stops when we needed to and then obviously scored the basketball.”

Steven Adams was the enforcer for the first-half of the game, scoring 18 points on 8-9 shooting. Adams finished the night with 25 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Adams also had another unfortunate incidence when former teammate Serge Ibaka accidentally kicked him in the groin area. Adams told reporters he was feeling fine after the game and noted Ibaka’s not the most coordinated individual.

Carmelo Anthony and Paul George had a great night in Toronto as well. Anthony scored 15 points on 60% shooting for the night. George had 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. George snagged one of those steals late in fourth, helping the Thunder put the game away.

After running through the six with his woes, Westbrook and the Thunder will face the Boston Celtics Tuesday night with tip-off at 7:00p.m.. Oklahoma City must continue to win as the playoffs get closer and closer, making their current seeing that much more important.

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