The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors for the second time this season yesterday in Toronto 104-92.
The game was tight in the first half thanks to Alan Anderson coming off the bench for Toronto and scoring 19 of his career-high 27 points in the second quarter.
The Thunder would pull away in the second half and coast to the victory, improving to 26-7 on the year which is still the best record in the NBA.
OKC shot 49.4 percent from the field despite going 6-for-22 from beyond the arc and they also got 12 offensive rebounds.
The Thunder are playing road back-to-backs and their next game will be tonight against the Washington Wizards at 7 p.m. EST.
Here are the Game Grades:
Kevin Durant – 38 minutes, 22 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists – A
Durant went into all-around mode yesterday and it was one of his best jobs doing so all season. He turned the ball over just once and had a couple of amazing passes you just aren’t used to seeing from him. He shot the ball well too making 6-of-11 shots. He started off hot making two threes in the first quarter setting the pace. He had the best plus-minus on the team.
Russell Westbrook – 35 minutes, 23 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds – B+
Westbrook is continuing to shoot well of late and did so again yesterday nearly making half of his shots. The five turnovers were a problem yesterday but the way he is attacking the basket under control and finishing at the rim is much more important for the Thunder. This Russell Westbrook playing at 90 mph instead of 100 mph all of the time is a much better one.
Serge Ibaka – 36 minutes, 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks – A
Ibaka has been a great midrange shooter this season but yesterday he was most effective on the offensive glass. He collected five offensive rebounds in the game and shot 8-of-12 from the field overall. He’s improving his hands catching quick passes on the inside and finishing as well.
Kevin Martin – 34 minutes, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists – B
It felt like Martin struggled more than this but then you look up at the box score at the end of the game and he has 16 points. He did go 1-of-6 from downtown but with that shot not falling, he started taking and hitting a few midrange jumpers. The more variety in which he scores, the better.
Kendrick Perkins – 24 minutes, 4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists – C+
Perkins’ two field goals were pretty nice yesterday. One was a turnaround jumper from the post – a shot that he takes often but rarely makes. Then he received a very nice feed from Westbrook underneath and quickly finished at the rim with a strong slam. Andre Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas were both out yesterday so Perkins’ work was not exactly cut out for him.
Thabo Sefolosha – 24 minutes, 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists – C
Sefolosha only attempted threes yesterday and made just 1-of-5 attempts. He has officially cooled off from downtown from his hot start to the year. He continues to do little things throughout the game though which is nice. But with a lot of road games coming up, it will be interesting to see if Sefolosha can find his stroke outside the Thunder friendly confines.
Nick Collison – 21 minutes, 10 points, 8 rebounds – A
Collison was great yesterday scoring and rebounding. Four of his rebounds were offensive which was important as the second unit struggled to find the range for most of the game. He’s just a man among boys most of the time when he’s out there, always outsmarting opponents and never not in the perfect position.
Reggie Jackson – 15 minutes, 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist – B
Jackson and the second unit have seen zone in each of the last two games and they haven’t been great against it. Jackson still isn’t a very good outside shooter and yesterday only made one ridiculous long three in three attempts. He scored at the rim with some tricky shots a couple of times though which is a promising thing to see from him.
Hasheem Thabeet – 6 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound – C
It wasn’t Thabeet’s night as he didn’t score and the Thunder were outscored by 10 in his six minutes of action.