Raptors coach Nick Nurse, with all his top guys but Fred VanVleet at his disposal, went as big as his team could get with a starting five of Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, making his return from a hamstring injury. The Raptors shot 61.2 per cent from the floor overall.
With these gaudy numbers came impressive individual performances from the Raptors.
Siakam scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while Gasol added 15.
Siakam and Powell both returned Sunday for the Raptors' loss against the San Antonio Spurs.
Oklahoma City center Steven Adams left the game in the second quarter with a right knee contusion and didn't return. Terence Davis, a week off a career night against the Charlotte Hornets, had 12 off the bench. That was the largest lead the Raptors had in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, late in the second quarter.
The 34-year-old Spain native, a three-time National Basketball Association all-star, is averaging 6.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in 27 games this year.
Toronto started the game very strong, scoring 38 points in the first quarter on almost 70 per cent shooting before finishing up the opening half with a 73-55 advantage.
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No, this is not a recap of the Raptors' remarkable comeback against Dallas last month.
After trailing 73-55 at halftime, the Thunder launched a furious rally to cut the deficit to three points in the fourth quarter before the Raptors held on for a 130-121 win. More to the point, they had a 21-point lead with 6:39 left in the game.
But the Thunder scored 12 consecutive points over the last 1:19 of the first half, with four different players hitting 3-pointers to help Oklahoma City get back within striking distance.
Despite the strong outing, this seemed like a relatively ordinary line for Gilgeous-Alexander.