-You knew this one was going to be a rough match for Toronto to win right from the jump as the Raptors were in tough against one of the best teams in the league, the Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC was coming off three straight losses but turned up the heat on the Raps in the third quarter and never looked back en route to a 91 to 75 win this evening.
-75 total points? Yes, and Jose Calderon, Toronto's high scorer, was responsible for nearly 20 of them. That effectively illustrates the lack of firepower the Raps had tonight as the Dinos' second leading point man was DeMar DeRozan with only 16...
...and those came on some horrific 6 of 22 shooting.
-In fact minus Jose's productivity (he also had six assists) the Raps might not have hit 50 as they shot 37 per cent from the field and were held scoreless for a stretch in the second half that seemed to last.
-Well for almost the whole second half.
-The Raps' defence held OKC at bay for a while, but James Harden busted the door down in the third, and he, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 55 of the Thunder's 91 total points.
-It wasn't just these usual suspects though as OKC's bench outscored Toronto's by 19, and really, this one was probably over when Andrea Bargnani left in the second quarter, unable to return due to tightness in his left calf. Even if you view Andrea as a musket, his absence meant the Raps just didn't have the offensive weaponry to even compete with the Thunder. Bargnani is being listed as day-to-day but it wouldn't surprise me to see him be shut down for the remainder of the season, something fans of the tank would hardly mind.
-They'll hardly mind the team's upcoming schedule either, which sees Toronto turn around and play the red-hot Pacers tomorrow night in Indiana, then face the 76ers, Celtics, Hawks, and Hawks (back-to-back) in a stretch of eight days.