Thunder shake down over Raptors

11:35 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
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Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Russell Westbrook had 19 points and eight assists to pace a balanced Oklahoma City scoring attack as the Thunder rolled to a 108-88 victory over the Toronto Raptors at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Serge Ibaka tallied a season-best 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help the defending Western Conference champion Thunder bounce back from Sunday's 104-95 home loss to Atlanta and improve to 2-2. Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each contributed 15 points to the win.

Jonas Valanciunas was a bright spot on an otherwise miserable night for the Raptors, with the rookie center notching a career-high 18 points while knocking down 6-of-8 field goal attempts. Andrea Bargani added 16 points for Toronto, which has now dropped three of four to begin the season, but hit just 5-of-14 shots.

The Raptors went a poor 35.7 percent as a team and played much of the game without top scorer Kyle Lowry, with the talented guard exiting with an injured right ankle late in the first half.

Lowry, who averaged 23.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists over Toronto's first three outings, did not return after landing awkwardly on Ibaka's foot while stationed underneath the basket with 1:29 remaining in the second quarter. He managed only two points with four assists in 17 minutes before departing.

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