Raptors end 14-game road skid, beat Thunder

Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson, right, goes to the basket as Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka, left defends during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson, right, goes to the basket as Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka, left defends during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) (Alonzo Adams - AP)
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The Associated Press
Sunday, March 20, 2011; 9:56 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Amir Johnson made a layup with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 95-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Andrea Bargnani scored 23 points for the Raptors, who snapped a 14-game road losing streak with their first win away from home since Jan. 5 at Cleveland. Oklahoma City had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Oklahoma City overcame a 10-point deficit at the end of the third to take a 93-90 lead with 1:31 left. However, Leandro Barbosa's 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds left tied it, and he assisted on Johnson's shot.

James Harden scored 23 points for the Thunder, including eight during their fourth-quarter rally.

The Raptors went on a 10-0 run in the third quarter after Oklahoma City had tied the game at 48. With the Thunder's Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed on the bench for much of the quarter with foul trouble, Bargnani was 3 for 6 from the floor and added four more points from the line during the third.

He also anchored Toronto's post defense, which held Kevin Durant to 0-for-7 shooting in the third.

Oklahoma City used an 8-2 run early in the fourth quarter to pull within four. Then, trailing by six with 6:28 to go, the Thunder went on a 9-2 run to take the lead. It was punctuated by Serge Ibaka's put-back dunk of Russell Westbrook's miss with 2:50 to go.

Toronto coach Jay Triano said before the game he wanted to slow the game down and limit Oklahoma City's transition points. His team did just that, holding the Thunder to 10 fast-break points, including six through the first three quarters.


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