Chris Boucher Quiets the Tankers as Raptors Top Thunder
It doesn't matter how many players the Toronto Raptors mysteriously rule out with injuries these days, nobody on the team has shown any signs of slowing down. To them, it's a chance to prove themselves and lately, that's exactly what they've been doing. Once again, the Raptors' understudies stepped up to squander another golden tanking opportunity by knocking off the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-106 on Sunday in Tampa.
Every night these days it seems like someone else goes off for a big night. On Friday it was Paul Watson Jr. and Yuta Watanabe who filled the void as Toronto's leaders struggled. On Sunday, it was Chris Boucher and Gary Trent Jr. who led Toronto offensively with 31 and 23 points, respectively.
"I think that is the way in my ideal offensive world that it operates: That there's a whole bunch of guys in double figures and a couple guys, the ball's finding them and in a groove and in a rhythm and having a big night," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said prior to the game.
Finding the hot hand is exactly what Trent did to seal it for Toronto. Clinging to a three-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Trent took advantage of a crushing Khem Birch screen to wiggle loose from Lu Dort and penetrate the Thunder's defence.....
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