Warriors get past Raptors in fifth straight win
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[November 17, 2016]
TORONTO -- The Golden State
Warriors probably won their game with the Toronto Raptors in the
second quarter Wednesday night.
They outscored the Raptors 32-15 to take a 66-53 lead into the half.
They led by as many as 19 points in the second half and withstood a
late Toronto rally to win their fifth game in a row, 127-121.
"The second quarter was great, one of the best quarters we have
played," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "That's probably the only
quarter we've played tonight the way we want to play. Defense was
good, we didn't foul. We rebounded, and that was obviously the key
to the game, that whole stretch. Draymond (Green) was brilliant. The
whole quarter, I thought he was great."
Stephen Curry scored 35 points, including 14 in the third quarter,
and added seven assists for the Warriors (9-2) who gave the Raptors
(7-4) their second loss in a row.
Green, who had 11 points and seven rebounds on the game, agreed with
his coach's assessment of the second quarter.
"I think it was amazing right from the start," the forward said. "We
had the second unit that was in there got the tempo going, got the
defense going, they started rebounding the basketball. We came back
in and picked up where they left off. Offensively and defensively it
"I thought we got into outscore mode, tit-for-tat," Raptors coach
Dwane Casey said. "And again great scoring teams like last night's
game (Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers) and tonight will get
you in that mode. The only we can do that is to try and control the
tempo but at the same time we have to score."
The Warriors led by 18 points with 4:27 left in the game before the
Raptors chipped away to reduce the lead to six with a minute to play
on a 3-pointer by Terrence Ross.
Ross was fouled by Curry attempting a 3-point shot with 13.6 seconds
left in the game and converted all three free throws to cut the lead
Klay Thompson, who finished with 14 points, made two free throws
with 12.3 seconds left and the Warriors led by six.
"They got back into the game, they got to the free-throw line a lot,
41 times," said Warriors forward Kevin Durant who scored 30 points
with nine rebounds and six assists. "That kind of messed our rhythm
up a little bit. We played together, we played extremely hard and
made those guys take tough shots."
Andre Iguodala contributed 10 points off the bench for the Warriors.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 34 points, the ninth time in 11
games that he has scored at least 30.
"They switched," DeRozan said, when asked about the second quarter.
"They switched really well, especially when they go small. Their
ability once Draymond (Green) is at the five and being able to
switch everything, we kind of got stagnant once they did that."
Kyle Lowry added 24 points for Toronto with Jonas Valanciunas
scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Cory Joseph chipped
in with 14 points off the bench and Pascal Siakam added 10 points
and nine rebounds for the Raptors.
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Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) battles for a loose ball with
Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the first
quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA
"They switched everything and got more physical (in the second
quarter)," Lowry said. "We got uncharacteristic with turnovers and
the shots we took."
Durant made a 3-point shot at the buzzer to end the first quarter
with the Raptors, who led by as many as 10 points, leading 38-34.
The Warriors took a 41-40 lead on another 3-pointer by Durant with
8:51 to play in the second quarter. Valanciunas had the Raptors
leading by four on a turnaround jumper with 7:07 left. Curry's
3-pointer put the Warriors back on top at 50-49 with 4:39 to play in
The Warriors had a 19-point lead early in the third quarter. The
Raptors trimmed the lead back to 13 before Thompson restored the
18-point advantage with a 3-pointer with 5:40 left.
DeRozan's pull-up jumper with 3:47 to go in the quarter cut the
margin to 10. When Ross made a 3-pointer, the lead was down to five.
Curry's 3-pointer closed out the third quarter and gave Golden State
a 95-86 lead.
Golden State opened an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter on
Durant's hook shot.
Patrick McCaw's 3-pointer from the corner with 5:02 left in the game
gave Golden State a 116-100 lead. Curry added two free throws to
increase the lead to 18.
"It was a good way to start the (four-game) trip," Kerr said.
"Beating a really, really, good team in a very tough environment."
NOTES: The Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets are the only teams this
season to face the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA champions last
season, and the Warriors, the finalists last season and the
champions in 2014-15, in back-to-back games this season. The Raptors
lost to the Cavaliers 121-117 in Cleveland on Tuesday. ... Raptors F
Demarre Carroll, who was rested the two previous games as he returns
from offseason knee surgery, was back in action Wednesday. ... The
Warriors won both games against the Raptors last season. The teams
meet again Dec. 28 at Oracle Arena. ... The Warriors play the second
game of their four-game trip Friday against the Boston Celtics at TD
Garden. ... The Raptors open a five-game trip Friday when they play
the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
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