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Shaky Raptors hang on to beat Thunder


Lowry hit the final two shots for the Raptors, part of a 17-point night as they staved off the third, and this would have been the biggest comeback, rally by an opponent in the past four games.


Earlier in the week they suffered home losses to both Portland and San Antonio sandwiched around an overtime win in Charlotte.


Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said he was not concerned about the results of this past week but he did admit to being a little anxious about his teams’ conditioning as it approach the halfway mark.


This, of course, coincides with the return of three players this week, two in Marc Gasol and Siakam who are coming off hamstring issues which made conditioning while they were off all but impossible.


This time the Raptors got preemptive and released point guard Shamorie Ponds in order to bring back forward Paul Watson who left the 905’s when the Atlanta Hawks came offering a 10-day contract.


As soon as the Hawks refused to bring back Watson, the Raptors put some insurance on him staying in Toronto by offering him the two-way contract they freed up by releasing Ponds.






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