Raptors end Thunder streak

Oklahoma City Thunder talisman Kevin Durant admits his side deserved to be beaten by the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night (Oklahoma City Thunder 5/2 – Western Conference Winner).

The Thunder are expected to be amongst the main challengers for the NBA Championship this term but their nine-game winning streak was brought to an abrupt end as the visiting Raptors came out on top at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Four-time All-Star Durant admits he and his team-mates were disappointed by the loss but concedes the Raptors, who edged to the top of the Atlantic Division with the 104-98 win in Oklahoma City, deserved their victory.

“Losses happen in this league,” Durant told reporters. “They beat us fair and square, you know? We missed some shots, too.

“We were swarming them and they hit some tough ones, too, but we missed some good looks.”

The Thunder have a chance to bounce back on Christmas Day as they travel to New York to face the Knicks in a packed festive NBA programme.

The Chicago Bulls visit the Brooklyn Nets in another intriguing tie but Miami Heat’s trip to the Los Angeles Lakers is arguably the stand-out showdown.

The Heat are the current 7/4 favourites to win the NBA Championship, while Oklahoma City Thunder can be backed at 13/2 and the Bulls are 33/1.

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