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George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Raptors 124-107

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder are having fun playing basketball and that's translating into a long winning streak.

Paul George went 7 of 10 from 3-point range - tying the Thunder record for 3s in a game - and scored 33 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as Oklahoma City won its sixth straight game, beating the red-hot Toronto Raptors 124-107 on Wednesday night.

Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams had 18 points each for Oklahoma City, which is 12-3 in December and is five games over .500 after an 8-12 start. The Thunder are alone in second place in the Northwest Division, two games behind Minnesota.

''The biggest thing is on the court, we're expecting to win,'' George said. ''That just changes really everything, your whole outlook stepping into a game, to preparation, to getting each other ready. We're just stepping on that floor and we're expecting to win.''

The Thunder won despite being on the wrong end of a 23-2 run in the first half, during which the Raptors built a 12-point lead in the second quarter.

C.J. Miles led the Raptors with 20 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 16 and DeMar DeRozan had 15. Kyle Lowry went 3 of 10 from the field but had a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists.

Toronto entered the game as the hottest team in the Eastern Conference, but lost its second game in as many nights and fell to 10-3 in December. Miles went 6 of 12 from 3-point range but the Raptors otherwise struggled from behind the arc, finishing 11 of 38.

The Thunder posted a sizable 52-34 edge in rebounding.

''We ran into a well-oiled machine tonight,'' Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. ''We had stretches but just didn't have the juice or the energy to come in. It's a difficult part - two in a row. We should hurt, we should be down, be upset that we lost two in a row. We didn't earn either game. We didn't earn last night the way we played and we didn't earn the game tonight in the stretches we played bad. We've got to put a full game together.''

Oklahoma City rallied to take a 66-63 halftime lead and outscored Toronto 18-10 over the final 5:41 of the third quarter. The Thunder went up 102-88 on a late 3-pointer by Raymond Felton, then pulled away in the fourth quarter, their lead peaking at 117-96 with 4:47 left on a 3-pointer by George .

''We played like crap,'' DeRozan said. ''As a team. Down the line individually. And it showed.''

Oklahoma City jumped to a 32-23 lead with 2:30 left in the first quarter, but the Raptors seized control with a 23-2 run and led 46-34 after Deion Wright's three-point play with 9:55 left in the half. The Thunder rebounded to take a seven-point lead before settling for a 66-63 halftime lead.

''We just stuck to the game plan,'' George said. ''We knew we needed to be more aggressive. That wasn't how we wanted to end that first quarter after we played so well (to start). We knew we had to kick it up another notch. That's a really good, explosive offensive team. We just couldn't allow them to get comfortable.''

TIP-INS:

Raptors: Serge Ibaka, a fan favorite during his seven seasons for the Thunder before being traded in June 2016, received a hearty ovation during pre-game introductions and waved to the crowd. ... The Raptors went 24 of 26 from the free-throw line, with Jakob Poeltl responsible for both misses. ... Lucas Nogueira got in the game late in the fourth quarter, after missing the previous 11 games with a right calf injury.

Thunder: Westbrook and Valanciunas each received a technical foul after a second-quarter skirmish, and later in the quarter, Adams and Valanciunas were called for a double foul after getting tangled up under the Toronto basket. ... The Raptors' 38 points were the most in the first quarter by a Thunder opponent this season. ... The game was delayed about 3 minutes in the third quarter after a small electrical fire by one of the catwalks at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

QUOTABLE:

George, on the brief delay due to the electrical fire: ''We were on fire. The roof was on fire. I think we had something to do with that. . The energy was amazing. From the energy we generated on the floor to the fans giving us energy to keep going. It was too much energy - lights were blowing out.''

NEXT UP:

Raptors: Host Atlanta on Friday.

Thunder: Continue their four-game home stand, hosting Milwaukee on Friday.

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Key Players
D. DeRozan
10 SG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
36.3 Min. Per Game 36.3
23.9 Pts. Per Game 23.9
9.9 Ast. Per Game 9.9
9.4 Reb. Per Game 9.4
47.7 Field Goal % 41.9
48.1 Three Point % 41.5
81.4 Free Throw % 72.1
  Defensive rebound by Dakari Johnson 0:10
  Norman Powell missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
  Personal foul on Steven Adams 0:16
+ 3 Paul George made 3-pt. jump shot 0:24
  Defensive rebound by Paul George 0:44
  Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:47
  Offensive rebound by Delon Wright 0:53
  OG Anunoby missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:56
  Defensive rebound by Delon Wright 1:08
  Raymond Felton missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:13
  Personal foul on Delon Wright 1:33
Team Stats
Points 107 124
Field Goals 36-85 (42.4%) 46-87 (52.9%)
3-Pointers 11-38 (28.9%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 24-26 (92.3%) 23-33 (69.7%)
Total Rebounds 39 63
Offensive 7 15
Defensive 27 37
Team 5 11
Assists 24 25
Steals 9 9
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 11 12
Fouls 29 26
Technicals 1 1
13 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST
30 PTS, 8 REB, 13 AST
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away team logo Raptors 23-10 38252519107
home team logo Thunder 20-15 32343622124
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 23-10 114.8 PPG 45.6 RPG 24.9 APG
home team logo Thunder 20-15 111.4 PPG 48.1 RPG 22.7 APG
Key Players
C. Miles SF 5.3 PPG 1.7 RPG 0.7 APG 32.1 FG%
P. George SF 24.9 PPG 7.8 RPG 4.3 APG 44.2 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Miles SF 20 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
P. George SF 33 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
42.4 FG% 52.9
28.9 3PT FG% 36.0
92.3 FT% 69.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Valanciunas 20 16 2 0 0 1 1 3 7/9 0/1 2/2 1 1 18 -28
D. DeRozan 35 15 6 2 1 0 2 3 4/16 0/3 7/7 0 6 24 -18
K. Lowry 30 13 4 10 3 0 3 3 3/10 2/7 5/5 2 2 37 -27
S. Ibaka 26 7 2 2 0 0 1 4 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 2 12 -24
O. Anunoby 19 6 0 0 0 0 1 2 2/6 2/6 0/0 0 0 5 -19
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Valanciunas 20 16 2 0 0 1 1 3 7/9 0/1 2/2 1 1 18 -28
D. DeRozan 35 15 6 2 1 0 2 3 4/16 0/3 7/7 0 6 24 -18
K. Lowry 30 13 4 10 3 0 3 3 3/10 2/7 5/5 2 2 37 -27
S. Ibaka 26 7 2 2 0 0 1 4 3/7 1/2 0/0 0 2 12 -24
O. Anunoby 19 6 0 0 0 0 1 2 2/6 2/6 0/0 0 0 5 -19
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Miles 22 20 1 0 1 0 1 3 6/12 6/12 2/2 0 1 21 +9
J. Poeltl 21 13 6 0 0 1 0 2 6/8 0/0 1/3 1 5 20 +13
D. Wright 16 6 4 2 0 1 1 2 2/5 0/1 2/2 1 3 14 -4
P. Siakam 16 5 4 1 2 1 1 3 1/3 0/1 3/3 0 4 13 +11
L. Nogueira 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 2/2 0 0 6 +3
N. Powell 9 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1/6 0/4 0/0 0 0 6 -4
F. VanVleet 18 2 5 4 0 0 0 3 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 3 15 +3
L. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. McKinnie - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 107 34 24 9 4 11 29 36/85 11/38 24/26 7 27 191 -85
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 36 33 8 2 1 0 2 4 11/17 7/10 4/5 1 7 44 +11
R. Westbrook 35 30 8 13 2 0 7 1 11/22 0/1 8/10 2 6 59 +26
S. Adams 23 18 9 2 4 0 1 5 8/9 0/0 2/3 6 3 34 +23
C. Anthony 31 18 4 4 1 0 0 2 8/15 0/4 2/2 0 4 31 +24
A. Roberson 34 6 10 2 1 1 0 5 2/3 0/0 2/6 4 6 22 +26
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 36 33 8 2 1 0 2 4 11/17 7/10 4/5 1 7 44 +11
R. Westbrook 35 30 8 13 2 0 7 1 11/22 0/1 8/10 2 6 59 +26
S. Adams 23 18 9 2 4 0 1 5 8/9 0/0 2/3 6 3 34 +23
C. Anthony 31 18 4 4 1 0 0 2 8/15 0/4 2/2 0 4 31 +24
A. Roberson 34 6 10 2 1 1 0 5 2/3 0/0 2/6 4 6 22 +26
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Felton 17 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 3/11 1/5 0/0 0 1 11 -2
J. Grant 24 6 5 1 0 2 2 4 1/4 0/1 4/5 0 5 13 -7
J. Huestis 12 6 4 0 0 2 0 2 2/3 1/2 1/2 1 3 12 +9
P. Patterson 16 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 1 3 -6
A. Abrines 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -19
D. Johnson 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0
T. Ferguson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 124 52 25 9 7 12 26 46/87 9/25 23/33 15 37 230 +85