Oklahoma City vs. Toronto Final: Thunder Drop First Game at Home, Lose 104-98 to Raptors

Dec 22, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) tries to block a shot attempt by Toronto Raptors shooting guard Terrence Ross (31) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

All good things must come to an end, and for the Oklahoma City Thunder, that happened in Sunday night’s 104-98 loss to the Toronto Rapters. The Thunder’s league-best home record of 13 straight games, as well as the Thunder’s nine-game winning streak, have officially been nipped in the bud.

In the loss, Russell Westbrook led with 27 points and nine rebounds, and Kevin Durant chipped in with 24 more points.

The Raptors–who controlled the tempo from the opening tipoff–were led by Kyle Lowry, who had 22 points, seven boards and nine assists. Amir Johnson put up a double-double effort for Toronto, having 17 points and 13 assists.

Toronto has been on a roll on the road this season, and with the win, moved into first place over the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division. In December, the Raptors have beaten the Lakers, Bulls, Mavericks and now the Thunder.

The Thunder got hot in the third quarter, going on a 24-4 run to take the lead 82-71. But the Raptors got back in control in the fourth quarter, and it took a late three-pointer from Durant to tie the game. From there, Toronto made all six of its free throw attempts in the final minute to secure their lead, while the Thunder missed both of their three-point attempts from Reggie Jackson.

Durant had an uncharacteristically poor performance, shooting only 5-of-from the floor and he turned the ball of six times (OKC committed 29 turnovers on the night).

With the loss, OKC falls to 13-1 at home and 22-5 on the season. They have a few days off before facing the New York Knicks on Christmas Day at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Topics: Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors

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