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Oklahoma City Thunder loses first home game of season to Toronto Raptors

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One night after the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs to extend their NBA leading record, they fell to the Eastern Conference's Toronto Raptors, 104-98, on Dec. 22. The loss was the first of the season for the Thunder in the confines of the Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City (22-5) was riding a nine-game winning streak and was 13-0 in Oklahoma City before this loss. Toronto (11-14), on the other hand, just won their fourth straight road win, the longest streak for the Raptors since 2002.

The loss was the first for Oklahoma City since losing to the Portland Trail Blazers on Dec. 4.

Russell Westbrook led the way for the second straight game for Oklahoma City with 27 points while Kevin Durant scored 22. However, those were the only two Thunder players to score in double digits as both Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka struggled in the game.

The Thunder missed on their final four shot attempts of the game to allow Toronto to escape with the win.

The game was tied at 98, but the Raptors hit two free throws before Reggie Jackson and Westbrook both missed shots. Toronto hit two more free throws and then Durant missed a three and the Raptors hit two more free throws. Toronto scored more points in the first half than any other team against the Thunder this season with 62.


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