Westbrook, Thunder end Raptors' win streak

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Teammate Serge Ibaka and coach Dwane Casey also got tossed for complaining. A skeptic could certainly look at those games and say that perhaps, the Raptors not finding a way in the clutch to pick up wins against tough, playoff tested rosters indicates future playoff struggles, but that feels like a narrow scope to take, when the same stretch of games includes close victories over the Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, and Houston Rockets, all of whom project to be playoff teams, and blowout wins over the Boston Celtics and Portland Trailblazers. Boston came up on the short end of a 108-89 loss to New Orleans Sunday night on the road. It took until the Thunder were locked into sixth place in the Western Conference with only a couple games remaining in the season.

It was a weird ending to Sunday's game between the Raptors and Thunder in Toronto. Oklahoma City led by six after one quarter and trailed by one after three before outscoring Toronto 35-27 in the fourth to get the win. The Raptors shot 57 percent from the field.

In Sunday's win in Toronto, Westbrook had 37 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists, helping the Thunder snap the Raptors' 11-game winning streak.

Wright's line - 31 minutes, 15 points, eight assists and just on e turnovers was great - and but most important he got them organized, got to the rim when he had to and made a couple of three-pointers.

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Russell Westbrook, who recently became the fourth player in National Basketball Association history with 100 triple-doubles, posted his 23rd of the season Sunday, amassing 37 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists in the victory.

Tatum scored 23 points, but the Celtics dropped their third in the last four games.

More important than the offense working, however, more notable than Westbrook's end-of-game heroics or George's recovery, was the context of this win. Davis had a huge game for the Pelicans (40-30), with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Defensive stopper Marcus Smart (right thumb surgery) is out, as well. Brown is second at 14.1. Gordon Hayward, who fractured and dislocated his ankle in the opener, has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season and the playoffs by coach Brad Stevens.

It'll be nice to have a day to decompress but then they head into three games in four nights, four in six and the grind goes on.

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"Those are the things ... that's what we're going to see in the playoffs, that type of speed, that type of physicality and we have to do a better job, we've got to I guess prepare them better in those situations to do a better job of getting back in front, challenging the shot and when the shot goes up, we've got to gang rebound".

The Celtics have gone 1-2 with Irving sidelined by left knee soreness.

Fred Katz is the Thunder beat writer for the Norman Transcript and CNHI Oklahoma as well as the host of the postgame show, Thunder After Dark, and the OKC Dream Team, a weekly Thunder podcast that runs every Tuesday.

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