TORONTO — James Johnson scored seven points, including two 3-pointers, as Toronto routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 94-75 on Thursday night for the first of two straight wins for the Raptors (16-9, 6-7).
“It’s a great feeling,” Johnson said of Thursday night’s victory.
“The whole team is playing well.
It’s been good.”
Johnson had 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists and was fouled out with 3:23 remaining.
“We’re all feeling good, so we’re going to keep pushing,” Johnson added.
Oklahoma City had a chance to take the lead in the first quarter on a layup by Serge Ibaka but missed its second shot.
The Thunder led by as many as 12 points in the second half and never recovered.
“I think our energy level and our effort level was on the upswing and it just kept getting better and better,” Ibaka said.
“That was a big part of the win tonight.”
The Raptors have won six of seven, including four of seven at home.
Oklahoma’s only loss came Dec. 3 at home to Denver.
“They’re an aggressive team that has a lot of physicality,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said.
The Raptors lost all four games this season by an average of 18.5 points.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, won its first three games of the season, but has dropped five straight since a 105-96 loss at Memphis on Nov. 3.
Russell Westbrook, who had 17 rebounds, finished with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder.
He had 17 and seven assists in last week’s loss at Sacramento.
The Clippers are 3-8 in home games against the Raptors, who are 3 1/2 games behind the Oklahoma Heat for the final playoff spot in the East.
“Our guys are playing really well, and we’re just trying to do our best,” Thunder guard Eric Bledsoe said.
Oklahoma City (9-10) has won three straight and eight of nine against Toronto.
The team has averaged 107.0 points in its last eight meetings in Toronto, including 106.3 in a 101-88 victory on Jan. 12, 2016.
Bledsoes 22 points were the fewest by the Thunder this season, although he had nine on Wednesday.
Westbrook has averaged 29.5 and 13.5 in his last four games against Toronto, while Ibaka has totaled 29.7 and 10.3 against the Thunder in the other three meetings.
The teams have combined for just 10.0 wins in the last five meetings.