Raptors stop Thunder in Gasol's return after the big lead is resolved

Tanya Simon
January 18, 2020

Oklahoma City made a huge comeback late. This was a nice follow-up effort after a rough outing Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs. All three teams are only separated by one game. The free throw cut Toronto's lead to three, but Toronto closed the game with an 8-2 run.

This was an evening that saw Marc Gasol return to the Raptors after missing the last 12 games with a hamstring injury and start in a jumbo-sized lineup along with Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Kyle Lowry.

They were up 30 points. He finished with 15 points in 31 minutes.

It wasn't the 20-20-10 triple-double masterpiece of his previous game, nor was it a 32-point performance like he had in Toronto a few days before the calendar flipped to 2020, but Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander still had himself a strong night against the Raptors on Wednesday.

The Raptors remained composed during Oklahoma City's run. Toronto ranks second in defensive efficiency while the Thunder rank 14th in offensive efficiency. A little over half of the Raptors' games have finished under the O/U total.

Oklahoma City is 4-1 both straight up and ATS against Toronto the last three seasons.

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The Thunder are one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association right having won 12 of their last 15 games. His replacement, Mike Muscala, put up 17 points and four rebounds.

This is the second game of the season between these two squads. Oklahoma City did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (20-23; 87.0 percent). Powell scored his team-high 23 points on 11 shots against the Thunder.

When scoring above 100 points, the Raptors are 23-9 and the Thunder are 22-10.

Oklahoma City is surrendering 107.3 points per game this season (10 best league mark) and 105.3 in their last ten. Oklahoma City was without Dennis Schroder and Toronto without Siakam, Gasol and Powell in that game.

Steven Adams had to leave the game in the second quarter with a knee contusion and only played seven minutes. He was the most consistent scorer for Toronto all night and looks to not have missed a beat since his own return from injury. Furthermore, the over on this prop line would have cashed in four of the last five games, with Monday's game being the lone exception. Chris Paul easily outpaces his running mates when it comes to assists, averaging 6.4 per game on the season.

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