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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Toronto Raptors will be in search of another victory over a tough Western Conference opponent tonight when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dalvin Cook Vikings Jersey . You can see the game on TSN beginning at 7pm et/4pm pt. The Raptors are in the midst of a four-game trek and got off to a great start with a 109-108 overtime victory on Friday in Dallas over the Mavericks. DeMar DeRozans jumper with 1:11 left in overtime proved to be the difference as the Raptors held the Mavs scoreless to close out the extra session. It was DeRozan who sent the game to overtime with two of his 15 points with just 16 seconds left. "We were sleepwalking early. I thought we were feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit. I had to get their attention and they did. Guys responded," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "They came out swinging, hit us with a haymaker, and Im proud of the way our guys fought back. Thats what the NBA is all about." Kyle Lowry scored a team-high 20 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 18 with 13 rebounds while Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson finished with 15 points apiece for the Raptors, who have won three of their last four. Greivis Vasquez managed 14 for the second unit. The Raps will also visit San Antonio and New York on this sojourn. The Thunder have won three straight against Toronto. The Raptors have dropped two straight and six of the last seven as the visitor in this series. Oklahoma City will try to run its winning streak to 10 games tonight against the visiting Raptors. The Thunder havent lost since a Dec. 4 setback in Portland to the Trail Blazers. Oklahoma City is the lone remaining undefeated team at home with a perfect 13-0 mark. OKC ran its winning streak to nine with a 113-100 road victory Saturday night over the San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder took control of the game with a 40-29 second quarter and held the ultra-efficient Spurs under 43 percent shooting, while connecting at a 49 percent clip. Russell Westbrook was dynamic on Saturday with 31 points on 13-for-22 shooting. He handed out eight assists, grabbed four rebounds and only committed three turnovers. "Hes an All-Star and playing like one every night," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook. "He makes us go with his effort, with his toughness, with his team mentality and the last couple of years, the game has slowed down. He sees so many things on the floor. He does a great job of running our sets and does a great job of leading our defense." Reggie Jackson had 21 off the bench and Kevin Durant, the NBAs leading scorer, finished with 17. Serge Ibaka enjoyed a great all-around game with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. The Thunder head out for a two-game road trip, starting in Madison Square Garden on Christmas afternoon against the New York Knicks. Dalvin Cook Youth Jersey . George Hill had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who stayed atop the overall NBA standings despite losing twice on their West Coast trip. Los Angeles kept it close into the second half before the Pacers finished an easy win over the injury-riddled Lakers, who have lost five straight. Ben Gedeon Youth Jersey . -- Derek Jeter spoke for 25 minutes, 44 seconds and answered 26 questions about his decision to retire at the end of this season. LAS VEGAS -- The fight isnt until Saturday night but the gloves came off Wednesday in the buildup to UFC 167. "I cant wait to freaking deck the crap out of him," challenger Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks said of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. "I want his eyes to roll back in his head. Thats my goal." Hendricks, who has said in the past that he has nothing against the Canadian champion, tried to take the edge off those words by saying he approached every bout that way. But the two fighters bickering over drug-testing has been bubbling for some months now and the debate boiled over Wednesday when Hendricks, apparently irate at a comment GSP made in a TV interview minutes earlier, essentially accused St-Pierre of using performance enhancing-drugs. "Have you seen him in the last two months," Hendricks asked. "Hes shrunk a little bit hasnt he?" Hendricks (15-1) also pointed to St-Pierres buff body in the cage after rehydrating following the weigh-in the day before fights. "Check out my pictures, Im fat ... You dont gain 15, 20 pounds and still get that form. Everybody bloats a little bit. You dont put 20 pounds of water in your system without ballooning." Hendricks will weigh in Friday at 170 and then enter the cage Saturday night at around 195-200. The two fighters have been at odds over drug testing with St-Pierre asking Hendricks to sign up for the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, a Nevada-based non-profit outfit that runs drug-screening programs for athletes, in addition to the normal tests conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The Hendricks camp eventually declined, explained that they would be at disadvantage because St-Pierre had a relationship with VADA that included being featured on their website. And that the Nevada commission told him not to go with VADA. Hendricks and St-Pierre have been bickering ever since, with St-Pierre even tweeting the results of his test from the WADA-accredited (World Anti-Doping Association) UCLA Olympic Analytical Lab. Hendricks, normally happy and gregarious, adding confrontational to his mood menu Wednesday after hearing second-hand reports that St-Pierre told a TV interviewer to read between the lines, that he was doing additional testing and the challenger wasnt. That quickly mushroomed as Hendricks met the media on the stage of the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand, where magician David Coppefield was to go on stage hours later. "What I dont have respect for is him saying Im on steroids when he knows nothing aboout me," Hendricks said of the champion. Dalvin Cook Jersey. . "Has anybody accused me of steroids? has anybody accused me of being on growth (human growth hormone)? "Hell no. ... Ive been clean my whole entire life. And all of a sudden some dude (who) doesnt know me, hes been accused the last six years of being on something, he picks me and says I must be on something because I dont want to follow the pony train to VADA. Get out of here." While saying he had no proof about St-Pierre, who has also had to endure similar cheating jibes from B.J. Penn and Nick Diaz in the past, Hendricks kept pointing a fuzzy finger. "Who cares. If you want to be on it, be on it. If you dont, who cares. Dont try to drag my name through the mud because the last six years youre too scared to do it." Hendricks also said he just wants to fight the best GSP there is. "If thats on something, thats on something, if its not, its not. Im not sweating." Hendricks did say if he wins Saturday, he will sign up for WADAs rigorous out-of-competition testing with WADA on his own dime. "I win the belt, I have the money, Ill piss. Because like I said I can afford it." The challenger accused St-Pierre of trying to play mind games with him on the eve of the fight. "It gives me a lot of motivation ... The only thing is its going to make me hit him that much harder." The war of words, at least temporarily, took a shine off a long-awaited fight between the champion and No. 1 contender, whose wrestling skills and punching power are seen as a real threat for the title. Hendricks irritation followed a positively serene session with St-Pierre, who was revelling in being able to roll with UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie during the public workouts. "He is my idol," St-Pierre said in French after. St-Pierre (24-2) can make history against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 on Saturday night, becoming the first fighter to record 19 wins in the UFC. The Canadian champion is currently tied with UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, whom he first beat for the title, at 18 victories. GSP is also tied with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva for most wins in UFC title bouts at 11. And if the Hendricks fight lasts 40 seconds or longer, St-Pierre will surpass B.J. Penns record of five hours three minutes and 51 seconds for career fight time in the UFC The fight card also marks the 20th anniversary of the UFC, which kicked off Nov. 12, 1993, with UFC 1 in Denver. St-Pierre made his UFC debut at UFC 46 in January 2004. 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