Raptors stun Thunder, 104-98
Oklahoma City — Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including a pair of clinching free throws with 9.8 seconds left, and the Raptors handed the Thunder their first home loss, 104-98, 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 NBA’s longest unbeaten stretch to open a season since the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first 23 home games during 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 Boston into first place in the Atlantic, his team’s biggest of the season. Toronto’s road streak began with a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 8 and the Raptors added wins at Chicago and Dallas before beating the Thunder.
CLIPPERS 120, TIMBERWOLVES 116
In Los Angeles, Jared Dudley made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining in overtime and Chris Paul added five free throws in the final 19 seconds, leading the Clippers to a gritty victory over Minnesota.
Blake Griffin had 32 points and 10 rebounds and was an uncharacteristic 10-for-11 from the free throw line before fouling out with 4:08 left in OT. The defending Pacific Division champions extended their winning streak to a season-best five games.