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Aching Westbrook leads Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook shrugged off a sore shoulder to score 19 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised past the Toronto Raptors, 108-88, on Tuesday night.

Wearing a black padded sleeve to protect his bruised left shoulder, Westbrook held Toronto’s leading scorer, Kyle Lowry, to two points on 1-of-4 shooting. Lowry exited with 1:29 left in the second quarter with a right ankle sprain and did not return.

Serge Ibaka added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds for Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant and reserve Kevin Martin each scored 15.

The Thunder led by as many as 29 points and never trailed after Durant converted a pair of free throws with 7:44 remaining in the first quarter.

Jonas Valanciunas led the Raptors with 18 points and Andrea Bargnani had 16. Toronto dropped to 1-3 and will play in Dallas on tonight.

Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks was able to rest his starters in the fourth quarter as the Thunder improved to 2-2 with their highest-scoring game of the season. Brooks played 13 of the 14 players on his roster.

Nuggets 109, Pistons 97: At Denver, Andre Iguodala scored six of his 17 points over the final three minutes to help Denver hold off Detroit and snap a three-game skid.

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