Game Preview: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors

LeBron James

He sat out that night's loss to the Clippers and Friday's win over the Bucks as a precaution. Jarrett Allen added 16 points and DeMarre Carroll had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who have yet to win in three overtime contests this season.

Ibaka was back following his one-game suspension. Oh and their bench players are probably good enough to go toe-to-toe with other playoff teams. "I don't feel limited out there, but you can just feel it".

It was a fun, competitive battle.

With Toronto down just one, Durant nailed a 22-foot jumper off a Curry pick and roll, with 21 seconds left to put the Warriors up three. Curry made up for his earlier misses by hitting two free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

Half DeRozan's body was out of bounds when the ball first touched him.

But then referee Courtney Kirkland - ironically, working his first Warriors game since butting heads with guard Shaun Livingston in a game at Miami on December 3 - called a foul on Poeltl, who had not only blocked Curry's shot but hit him with plenty of body after doing so.

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Toronto outscored the Warriors 35-27 in the third to cut their lead to 108-89 heading into the fourth. Golden State opened as a 3.5-point favorite, while the over-under has risen after opening at 224.

But the wheels fell off in the fourth for Golden State as Toronto slowed the Warriors' roll and closed the gap to one point in the closing moments.

The fact the Raptors even had a chance given how the first half played out was remarkable, DeRozan, Fred VanVleet, C.J. Miles, who also missed two big free throws, Pascal Siakam and Jacob Poeltl playing their hearts out and leaving everything out on the floor.

The kind of basketball Golden State played was downright spectacular, the kind of play you don't witness very often, the way champions conduct themselves. Whether or not that report sides with the Raptors will be of little consolation to Coach Dwane Casey, who called the play "a backbreaker". "I'm not happy with a moral victory but we've got to can what we had in the second half. and play that way for 48 minutes". Kerr said Curry will also be listed as questionable for the game Saturday night in Toronto. They have two lights out shooters in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, an elite defender in Draymond Green, and an elite, all-around offensive weapon in Kevin Durant.

The rout was least until the second half began.

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