The birds of prey hold back the thunder in Gasol’s return after the big lead dissolves

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Norman Powell scored 23 points and the The Toronto Raptors held a furious demonstration and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-121 on Wednesday evening.

Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby both added 21 points for the Raptors, who pulled 61.2% of the season off the pitch.

Dennis Schroder scored 25 points, Danilo Gallinari scored 23 and Shai Gilgeous-Alexader added 21 for the Thunder, which cut a deficit of 30 points to three before Toronto resisted.

Toronto led 73-43 in the second quarter before the Thunder ended the first half with a 12-0 draw. Gilgeous-Alexander hit a 3-pointer when time ran out in the second quarter to cut Toronto’s lead to 73-55. Former Thunder player Serge Ibaka scored 13 6-by-6 points by firing before the break. The Raptors led 97-83 to fourth place, and had a 21 point lead with 6:39 to play.

Oklahoma City made a huge comeback by trying late. Gallinari knocked out a monstrous dunk and suffered a 2:39 foul to play. The free throw brought Toronto’s lead to three, but Toronto ended the game 8-2.


Birds of prey: coach Nick Nurse said that G Fred Van Vleet should be ready to play this weekend. Van Vleet has lost four games in a row with a variety of right thigh muscles. … C Marc Gasol returned after losing 12 games with a left thigh shot. He finished with 15 points in 32 minutes. … had five players scored in double digits in the first half. … G Kyle Lowry was called in for a technician in the third quarter.

Thunder: C Nerlens Noel missed his sixth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. … C Steven Adams left the game in the first half with a bruise in his right knee and did not return. … C Justin Patton scored 45 points in a G-League game on Tuesday. … C Mike Muscala scored 17 points in the high season.


Birds of Prey: host the Washington Wizards on Friday.

Thunder: hosts the Miami Heat on Friday.


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