Kevin Durant’s heroics lift Thunder past Raptors

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Kevin Durant scored 51 and grabbed 12 boards as the Oklahoma City Thunder edged the Toronto Raptors, 119-118 in double overtime Friday at Air Canada Centre.

The Thunder’s leading scorer also nailed the winning 3-pointer.

He got lots of help from Reggie Jackson, who scored 25.

Russell Westbrook had 15 points and Serge Ibaka added 13 for the Thunder’s fourth straight win.

Durant closed out the first quarter with five unaswered points to give the Thunder a 22-20 lead.

But Greivis Vasquez’s 3-pointer ignited a 10-0 Raptors run to start the second and take a 30-22 advantage.

Durant scored 14 points in the third as the Thunder overcame Westbrook’s departure to take a narrow 72-71 lead into the fourth.

The Thunder took leads of between five to seven points in the fourth before DeRozan led a Raptors attack that resulted in a change of lead at 90-89.

Durant had 3-pointer with 57 seconds left in the fourth quarter to put the Thunder up 96-93, but the Raptors tied it.

In overtime, Kyle Lowry hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to tie the game at 107 and send it to a second overtime.

The Raptors led 118-110 with 49 seconds left, but Durant banked in a 3, Derek Fisher added another 3-pointer and Durant nailed another 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left.

DeMar DeRozan scored 33, and Amir Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Kyle Lowry scored 25 and Greivis Vasquez fouled out after scoring 21.

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