Well, now we know which late-season game people can point to if a single loss costs Oklahoma City a better playoff seed. I guess the bright side is that the Thunder would probably prefer the No. 5 seed Nuggets over the No. 6 seed Trail Blazers in the first round, assuming those teams stay in those spots and OKC stays at No. 4.
Oklahoma City dropped its first game since March 7 on Sunday with a 95-93 loss at home to the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors snapped a 14-game road losing streak and swept the season series against the Thunder in the process.
OKC tried to follow the same script it stuck to for much of the season before the (now-snapped) six-game win streak by lacking focus for three quarters before playing inspired offense in the final stanza. But, as it has been before and could be again, Oklahoma City’s charge was too little, too late and came back to bite the team.
The Thunder looked like it was going to escape with a win when it took a late three-point lead, but it just couldn’t hold on. Kendrick Perkins had two free throws late that could have pushed it to a two-possession lead, but he missed both of them and Toronto capitalized. A little hook shot by Amir Johnson with 1.4 seconds left doomed Oklahoma City, and Kevin Durant’s look at the buzzer wasn’t close. Keep Reading…