Even minus Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors beat the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in 14 years with a 113-93 victory in the National Basketball Association on Wednesday, December 12 (Thursday, December 13, Manila time). Toronto decimated the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday and then laid waste to the Warriors on Wednesday, easily beating two of the top teams in the Western Conference in successive road games.
They are hoping to fill them with Durant and Leonard, and the idea may not be all that far-fetched if L.A. reaches the postseason with what they now have.
In that previous win here in February of 2004, it was Jalen Rose who broke his hand.
Kerr benched his starters midway through the fourth as the Oracle Arena crowd filed for the exits.
Serge Ibaka was just behind Lowry in scoring, tallying 20 points on seven-of-16 shooting.
Using the same formula that humbled the Clippers in L.A., a night earlier, the Raps basically pushed the pace, guarded their man and forced turnovers or, barring that, were the beneficiaries of some missed open shots by the Warriors.
Last night, it was a full team effort that overpowered Golden State.
The Raptors' defense was on point throughout the night against a healthy Warriors group that could never find a rhythm.
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"He's like that fire extinguisher that you need to break in case of emergency. He just calms everyone down".
Curry's correct about the first 12 minutes. Toronto went 4-0 in California this season for the first time in franchise history.
It is this version of Lowry - the attacking, aggressive version - that allows the Raptors to unlock their highest ceiling.
Raptors: Nurse will rejoin the team Friday in Portland. Green picked up a technical foul less than four minutes into the first quarter.
Fred VanVleet, who was questionable to suit up tonight because of a back injury, will play.
Warriors: Shaun Livingston left with a pelvic bruise in the fourth quarter.
In a game that had no Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors took care of business again after defeating the Warriors in an overtime nail-biter a few weeks ago. Kerr said Iguodala is day to day but added the team is taking a cautious approach.
DeMarcus Cousins return will change the dynamic of this team.