The Thunder's six-game winning streak ended in the most unlikely of scenarios Sunday night. It happened at home to an Eastern Conference team with a losing record.
Oklahoma City entered the day 24-9 at home and 22-6 against the East before Toronto claimed a 95-93 win. Only four of the Thunder's losses this season have been to teams with losing records. The Raptors (20-49) did it twice.
"That was a tough loss tonight," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought they did a good job executing down the stretch. We struggled with execution down the stretch, but I think both teams fought hard."
The setback also dropped OKC 3.5 games behind Dallas in the race for the third seed in the West. The Thunder (45-24) lost for only the second time in the last 11 games.
"It's one of those games where you just have to look yourself in the mirror and come back and be prepared to go against the Jazz for the next game," center Kendrick Perkins said. "It was a tough loss. I obviously have to be better in certain situations. I think we can be better as a team, and me personally, I can be better."
The Thunder's next outing is the third in a six-game homestand Wednesday against Utah.
RAPTORS 95, THUNDER 93: Kevin Durant couldn't hit a desperation shot at the buzzer and Oklahoma City saw its six-game winning streak get snapped. Toronto's Amir Johnson scored with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Raptors, who survived the Thunder's fourth-quarter rally. OKC did miss seven of eight shots in the last four minutes.
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