Raptors reign over Thunder

Bosh celebrates a 3-point shot with Jason Kapono during Friday's game against the Thunder in...

Bosh celebrates a 3-point shot with Jason Kapono during Friday's game against the Thunder in Toronto. (Dave Abel/SUN MEDIA)

MIKE GANTER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Dec. 19 was more than three months ago, but to many Raptors it was like yesterday.

That was the night the Raptors marched into Oklahoma City and laid a giant egg against a Thunder team that had only two wins to its name.

Since last night was their only chance for payback, the Raptors didn't take any chances.

With the exception of the first two minutes of the game, when Oklahoma jumped out to a 5-0 lead, the Raptors were in complete control in a 112-96 win over the Thunder.

In addition to locking down Thunder all-star Kevin Durant and holding him to just 18 points, half of those from the free throw line, the big difference was the ball movement.

The Raptors logged a season-high 36 assists in the game.

"We are playing like a team," Jose Calderon said.

"Everyone is being much more aware of passing the ball and making the extra pass. That's what we need. When we do that we are much better."

Calderon, who was playing with a jammed left ring finger taped to another finger, had nine assists, one less than rookie Roko Ukic, who finished with a career-high 10.

The win was the third in a row for a Raptors team that hasn't won that many consecutively since late January.

They'll go for four in a row tomorrow when they play host to the Chicago Bulls. The Raps have not won four in a row all season.

Offensively the Raptors were led by Chris Bosh, who wasn't required in the fourth quarter. Bosh had 21 points, 13 rebounds and six assists before becoming a cheerleader for the final 12 minutes.

"We knew we wanted to come out and play aggressive on defence," Bosh said. "We tried to protect the paint and give them one contested shot. When we did that, we got out and ran and everyone was touching the ball. It was fun basketball."

And when was the last time you heard a Raptor talking about fun basketball?


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