Had OKC managed to complete the comeback, this would've been the third time in four games where the Raptors would've blown a fourth-quarter lead.
Oklahoma City has been a covering machine as of late, going 9-1 ATS in their last ten.
Toronto is allowing 105.2 points per game on the season (4 best league mark) and 103.2 in their last ten.
OKC has won 12 of their last 15 games and that win streak has helped them climb to seventh in the Western Conference. Gasol was playing for the first time since December 18.
The Raptors' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 5.1 for the season.
Toronto's offense has been average as they rank No.16 in the National Basketball Association but their defense has been outstanding ranking No. 2 in the league. Toronto ranks second in defensive efficiency while the Thunder rank 14th in offensive efficiency.
Toronto appeared on its way to victory in their game Sunday vs the Spurs as they entered the fourth quarter up by 13.
When scoring above 100 points, the Raptors are 23-9 and the Thunder are 22-10.
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The leading scorers at the half for the Raptors are Ibaka and Siakam with 13 points each.
The Hamilton, Ont., native concluded his evening with 21 points, six rebounds and six assists while shooting 6-for-10 from the field and 2-for-2 from deep.
Toronto will look to get back in the win column Wednesday as they are in a battle for playoff positioning with the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers.
The teams combined for 31 3-pointers.
The total has hit the over in three of the last four games between these teams.
The Raptors remained composed during Oklahoma City's run. The three losses came to the Lakers, 76ers. and Grizzlies. They are tied with the Bucks for the second-best record in the last 15 games (12-3).
It wasn't the 20-20-10 triple-double masterpiece of his previous game, nor was it a 32-point performance like he had in Toronto a few days before the calendar flipped to 2020, but Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander still had himself a strong night against the Raptors on Wednesday.
Both Paul and Lowry are the most important players for their respective teams.