The Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to defeat the Toronto Raptors 113-103 on Wednesday night, with Svi Mykhailiuk scoring 10 of his season-high 22 points during a critical fourth-quarter run.
Overall, Mykhailiuk hit 9 of 14 shots and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
Oklahoma City broke a three-game losing streak with Moses Brown’s 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Isaiah Roby’s 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“It was a team effort,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “We got contributions from all nine guys tonight. I thought we really played together, really competed. That’s an aggressive, tough team that you have to play connected basketball against, and I thought we did that tonight.”
The Thunder had a 64-35 rebounding advantage over the Raptors.
“It’s a good barometer of our competitiveness,” Daigneault said. “I thought we just made great extra efforts and kept balls alive. I just thought we went after it.”
Three daily starters were absent for Oklahoma City. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was also out with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Lu Dort was out due to concussion precautions, and Darius Bazley had a left shoulder contusion. Because of health and safety procedures, rookie Aleksej Pokusevski, who was recently added to the starting lineup, was unable to play.
For the Raptors, who have lost 13 of their last 14 games, Gary Trent Jr. scored a career-high 31 points, while OG Anunoby added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
“We’ve got to show up for work tomorrow and try to get another one Friday,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “I don’t think we’re at the point where we’re pointing fingers or guys are blaming. I think we passed that point a long time ago. So we’re pretty cohesive and together. We’re just not playing well.”
Kyle Lowry, a Raptors guard, was forced to sit out due to a right foot infection. He played 24 minutes against Portland on Monday after missing the previous game on Sunday due to right foot soreness.
Trent led the Raptors to a 67-59 lead in the first half with 20 points. In the first half, Toronto shot 52 percent from the floor. Brown had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Thunder.
In the fourth quarter, Toronto was up 89-87. To close the gap, the Thunder held the Raptors to 30 percent shooting in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City took the lead. On a lob from Justin Jackson, Mykhailiuk went up high for a two-handed dunk that put the Thunder up 98-93. Following that, Mykhailiuk hit a 3-pointer to extend Oklahoma City’s lead to eight points. He scored 10 points in a three-minute span to help the Thunder take over for good.
Since being traded from Detroit, Mykhailiuk has played in seven games for the Thunder, and he’s made an impact.
“One of the things our scouts told us when we acquired him is he’s a basketball player, and that there’s a lot there on both ends of the floor and that he’s more versatile than he gets credit for,” Daigneault said. “That’s definitely shining through right now.”