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Raptors extend Thunder’s losing streak to 10

Chris Boucher leads Toronto with 31 points, including two critical 3-pointers.
The Raptors' Khem Birch (24) celebrates with Chris Boucher (25) and Yuta Watanabe after Boucher hits a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter in a win against the Thunder on Sunday in Tampa.
The Raptors' Khem Birch (24) celebrates with Chris Boucher (25) and Yuta Watanabe after Boucher hits a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter in a win against the Thunder on Sunday in Tampa. [ STEVE NESIUS | AP ]
Published Apr. 19
Updated Apr. 19

TAMPA — Chris Boucher had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Raptors extended the Thunder’s season-worst losing streak to 10 games, beating Oklahoma City 112-106 on Sunday night.

Gary Trent Jr. added 23 points for Toronto, which has won three straight.

Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 29 points, 21 of them coming in the first quarter of what shaped up as a duel with Boucher of players with Montreal roots.

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“It put some pep in my step a little bit. It definitely put some more energy into the game,” Boucher said. “I just want people to realize we have guys from Montreal that are really talented. It was an exciting showcase just to show people what we have.”

“They both probably wanted to put on a show tonight, and they both did it,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said.

The Thunder have lost 13 of 14 since leading scorer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was sidelined last month by a right foot injury.

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The Raptors did not take the lead for good until Boucher’s 3-pointer with 2:27 left in the game. Trent set up Boucher for a 3-pointer that clinched the win with 10.4 seconds left.

“We’ve been losing a lot of close games, so it definitely felt good to win this one and know that we can finish games,” Boucher said.

The Raptors’ OG Anunoby (calf) missed his third game of the last five. Pascal Siakam (shoulder) missed his third game of the last six. Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor) has missed eight of the last nine, and Kyle Lowry (toe) has missed 10 of the last 11.

— BY DICK SCANLON

OKLAHOMA CITY (106): Bazley 6-15 1-2 16, Pokusevski 4-14 0-0 8, Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Dort 9-15 6-8 29, Maledon 3-5 3-3 9, Bradley 2-3 4-4 8, Jerome 3-10 0-0 9, Mykhailiuk 2-6 0-0 4, Roby 4-6 2-2 11, Williams 4-5 2-2 12. Totals 37-82 18-21 106.

TORONTO (112): Boucher 10-16 5-7 31, Trent Jr. 9-25 0-0 23, Birch 2-9 2-2 7, Flynn 6-14 0-0 15, Watson 0-10 0-0 0, Bembry 0-3 2-2 2, Gillespie 4-4 2-2 10, Hood 0-0 2-2 2, Watanabe 3-6 3-4 10, Johnson 3-9 5-5 12. Totals 37-96 21-24 112.

Oklahoma City 31 28 21 26 — 106

Toronto 28 24 29 31 — 112

3-Point Goals—Oklahoma City 14-33 (Dort 5-8, Bazley 3-5, Jerome 3-5, Williams 2-2, Mykhailiuk 0-3, Pokusevski 0-8), Toronto 17-38 (Boucher 6-9, Trent Jr. 5-10, Flynn 3-5, Watanabe 1-2, Johnson 1-5, Watson 0-6). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oklahoma City 46 (Bazley, Roby 8), Toronto 47 (Boucher 12). Assists—Oklahoma City 22 (Jerome 6), Toronto 23 (Flynn, Watson 5). Total Fouls—Oklahoma City 19, Toronto 15.