Raptors give one away, turn ball over 22 times in loss to Thunder
|Toronto Star 22 Mar 2019 at 19:17|
Toronto’s 22 turnovers were just shy of the 23 they committed in a double-overtime game in Washington in January while Oklahoma City’s 20 three-pointers were the most by a Toronto opponent this season, telling the statistical tale of the entertaining, intense game.
Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 37 points while Pascal Siakam had 25. The Raptors played without point guard Kyle Lowry, still nursing a sprained right ankle.
Paul George had 28 points for the Thunder, who got an unexpected boost when Dennis Schroder pumped in 26 off the bench. Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City.
The Raptors had a chance at dramatic comeback in the final minute but a couple of tough calls — an offensive foul on Leonard and an equally debatable foul seconds later on Siakam — derailed the late bid.
Toronto had beaten the Thunder in overtime on Wednesday and each team made its usual adjustments on the off day.
“You try to wrack your brains about what adjustments are they going to make, what are they going to do different,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “They obviously saw the defensive schemes we’re going to be using. They did a pretty good job, I thought, adjusting to them as the game went on.
“I think they’ll obviously see a lot of actions that we used to get certain guys in position to score last night and try to take them out. It’s like playoffs.”