Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Home stunner for Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY — If the Raptors can play at home the way they've been playing on the road, they might remain atop the Atlantic Division for a while.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 and made two clinching free throws with 9.8 seconds left as Toronto handed the Thunder its first home loss with a 104-98 victory Sunday night.

The Raptors outscored Oklahoma City 6-0 in the final 1:25, all on free throws, and ended the Thunder's nine-game winning streak. Oklahoma City had been 13-0 at home, the leagues longest unbeaten stretch to open a season since the Cavaliers won their first 23 in the 2007-08 season.

Amir Johnson had 17 points and 13 assists for Toronto, which won its fourth straight road game, its longest such streak since March-April 2002. Oklahoma City lost for the first time since Dec. 4 at Portland.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey called the win, which moved the Raptors past the Celtics into first place, his team's biggest of the season. Toronto's road streak began with a victory over the Lakers on Dec. 8, and it added wins at Chicago and Dallas.

"It's one of those mysteries we have, of our focus on the road," Casey said. "We're a different team. I see it in our eyes before the game."

Russell Westbrook scored 27 and Kevin Durant 24 for Oklahoma City, which missed its final four shots.

Veteran forward John Salmons, who hit the go-ahead free throws for Toronto, said winning on the road "just shows our mental toughness as a unit. … Sometimes it's fun to play on the road, because it's just us against everybody else."

A 24-4 third-quarter run put the Thunder up 82-71. The Raptors went ahead in the fourth before Durant's 3-pointer tied it, then Salmons' free throws with 1:25 left put Toronto up 100-98.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Paul George had 24 points and Lance Stephenson recorded his third triple double of the season, leading the host Pacers to a 106-79 victory over the Celtics. Stephenson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Indiana won its second straight and maintained its grip on the Eastern Conference's best record. He's the only player in the league with more than one triple double this season.

WADE ENGAGEMENT: Dwyane Wade enlisted some help with his proposal to Gabrielle Union.

The three boys that the Heat guard is raising, his two sons and a nephew, all were part of the engagement surprise, Wade said when he spoke out about the big news for the first time:

• His youngest son, Zion, held a sign with her name.

• His nephew Dahveon Morris' sign said "Will you."

• And his oldest son, Zaire, held a sign that read "marry us?"

Bewildered, Union turned to Wade and saw him on bended knee, then realized what was happening. An 8½-carat cushion cut diamond sealed the deal.

"I planned it," Wade said. "No concrete for my knee. I planned it very well."

Wade said no date for the wedding has been set, but he expects it to occur in September 2014.

Raptors 104, Thunder 98

TORONTO (104): Ross 2-10 0-0 6, Johnson 7-11 2-2 17, Valanciunas 6-10 1-2 13, Lowry 6-16 7-7 22, DeRozan 7-20 3-5 17, Salmons 5-12 3-3 14, Hansbrough 0-3 3-4 3, Patterson 2-3 0-0 5, Novak 0-0 0-0 0, Vasquez 1-6 5-6 7. Totals 36-91 24-29 104.

OKLAHOMA CITY (98): Durant 5-16 12-12 24, Ibaka 4-9 0-0 9, Perkins 0-1 0-0 0, Westbrook 8-17 10-11 27, Sefolosha 1-2 2-2 5, Lamb 3-8 0-0 7, Adams 0-3 0-0 0, Jackson 1-11 4-4 6, Collison 2-3 2-2 6, Jones 3-4 2-2 8, Fisher 1-2 3-3 6. Totals 28-76 35-36 98.

Toronto 25 37 13 29— 104

Oklahoma City 21 35 28 14— 98

3-Point GoalsToronto 8-20 (Lowry 3-6, Ross 2-4, Johnson 1-1, Patterson 1-1, Salmons 1-5, Vasquez 0-3), Oklahoma City 7-23 (Durant 2-7, Ibaka 1-1, Sefolosha 1-1, Fisher 1-2, Westbrook 1-2, Lamb 1-4, Jones 0-1, Jackson 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 58 (Johnson 13), Oklahoma City 51 (Westbrook 9). AssistsToronto 22 (Lowry 9), Oklahoma City 17 (Westbrook, Jackson 5). Total FoulsToronto 29, Oklahoma City 28. TechnicalsToronto defensive three second, Durant, Oklahoma City defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

Pacers 106, Celtics 79

BOSTON (79): Green 4-9 1-1 11, Bass 2-9 2-2 6, Sullinger 3-9 0-1 6, Crawford 4-11 0-0 9, Bradley 6-14 0-0 13, Faverani 0-3 0-0 0, Lee 5-10 0-1 11, Wallace 0-0 3-4 3, Pressey 0-1 0-0 0, Humphries 4-6 0-0 8, Olynyk 3-10 0-0 6, Brooks 1-2 3-4 6. Totals 32-84 9-13 79.

INDIANA (106): George 9-13 4-5 24, West 3-7 2-2 8, Hibbert 7-11 1-4 15, G.Hill 3-8 0-0 7, Stephenson 5-15 1-2 12, Granger 4-8 0-0 12, Scola 2-3 5-6 9, Watson 3-6 2-2 9, Mahinmi 2-2 0-1 4, Copeland 1-4 0-0 2, Sloan 0-1 0-0 0, Butler 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 41-83 15-22 106.

Boston 17 20 21 21— 79

Indiana 20 32 28 26— 106

3-Point GoalsBoston 6-14 (Green 2-2, Brooks 1-1, Bradley 1-1, Lee 1-2, Crawford 1-4, Olynyk 0-1, Sullinger 0-1, Faverani 0-2), Indiana 9-19 (Granger 4-5, George 2-3, Watson 1-2, Stephenson 1-3, G.Hill 1-3, Sloan 0-1, Copeland 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 47 (Green, Bradley 6), Indiana 58 (Hibbert 12). AssistsBoston 16 (Olynyk, Pressey 4), Indiana 28 (Stephenson 10). Total FoulsBoston 22, Indiana 18. A18,165 (18,165).

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