Warriors hold off Raptors

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

After spotting Golden State a 27-point half-time lead, DeRozan and Co. outscored Golden State 71-46 in the second but fell agonizingly short of a monumental comeback win.

"Yeah, I'm going to enjoy it for sure", Randle said.

"We were just too antsy (in first half), jumping at everything they did, over-reacting".

Fred VanVleet's three-pointer at the buzzer rounded out the scoring. He returned from a one-game break for rest.

Curry, who missed most of December with a right ankle sprain, reinjured his ankle Wednesday when he slipped during the team's shootaround.

The only player not to light it up was Curry, whom fans in Toronto remember way back to the era in Raptors basketball when Curry's dad, Dell, was coming off screens for Butch Carter.

It was a fun, competitive battle.

Then, Toronto lost the ball on a wild scrum out of bounds that took replay to show DeRozan was on the sideline while trying to save it sprawling on the ground with three seconds remaining. Curry made up for his earlier misses by hitting two free throws with 2.5 seconds left. DeRozan was one of Toronto's few bright spots with 25 first-half points while Anunoby added 11.

When holding opponents under 100 points, Golden State is 11-2 and Toronto is 12-4.

Their 81-54 halftime lead was their biggest half of the season and their first 80-point half away from home since November 2, 1990, at Denver (87 points).

Draymond Green added 14 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who swept their fourth straight season series from the Raptors. Curry has now shot at least 50.0 percent in six consecutive games and has also accomplished the feat from three-point range in three of the past six contests.

"There are no moral victories in this league", Toronto head coach Dwane Casey said. "It caught us off-guard a little bit but we were able to get back to our defensive mentality of being the aggressor in the fourth quarter".

"And I have all the respect in the world for our officials, but when you go in and have that situation, guys fighting their hearts out ... again, maybe they thought we didn't deserve it the way we played in the first half, I don't know".

Steph Curry picked up two fouls, but when he got matched up against Serge Ibaka on a switch, Curry sized up his bigger defender and calmly drained a shot.

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