The Raptors enjoyed the opening three minutes of Tuesday's game against the Thunder.
The rest of the evening was a complete nightmare, with the final score being the least of Toronto's problems.
The Raptors got crushed 108-88 by a Thunder team hungry to even its record and also lost top player Kyle Lowry to a dangerous looking right ankle sprain late in the first half.
Lowry stepped on Serge Ibaka under the hoop after nearly getting his head taken off by Hasheem Thabeet going for a rebound earlier in the game and was carried off of the floor, taking whatever life was left from a club he makes tick.
Lowry hobbled out of the Chesapeake Energy Arena in a "precautionary" walking boot and is considered day-to-day.
Head coach Dwane Casey could see a Thunder blitzkrieg coming.
"I think they're 36-4 after a (home) loss, so they're going to be a bunch of wet hens coming out tonight, ready to attack us," Casey said earlier in the day.
Yep. The defending NBA finalists shot 61.1% in the first quarter and held the Raptors to 36.8% accuracy, 30%, forcing a team that was only averaging about 11 turnovers a game to cough it up 10 times in the first half.
The Thunder, at 1-2 like the Raptors, was off to its worst start since relocating from Seattle as the team struggled to adapt to life without James Harden.
It took OKC 15 games to lose three times last season and OKC also ended a three-game skid last season by beating the Raptors, who provided the tonic again.
Toronto hung around early by pushing the pace, but the Thunder turned things up several notches, most notably when Kevin Durant gave Jonas Valanciunas a rather rude introduction to the league with a massive dunk.
Kyle Lowry hurt as Thunder roll over Raptors
Toronto Sun | Nov 7