Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Curry back in Warriors' starting lineup against Raptors

Curry back in Warriors' starting lineup against Raptors

"Yeah, definitely", VanVleet said, when asked if it's hard to play through debatable calls that go against his team. But the way they scrapped in the second half - it blows my mind.

But the Raptors didn't lay down, especially behind DeRozan, who notched his 92nd career 30-point game, passing Vince Carter for the most in Raptors history. He returned from a one-game break for rest. The last time Toronto beat a defending National Basketball Association champion was February 8, 2015 when it got past San Antonio 87-82 at Air Canada Centre.

Curry shot 6-for-12 overall in his return from a two-game absence due to a sprained right ankle. "It's just mind-boggling when you ask the official, 'did you see it?' 'Nah, I didn't see it".

It was a fun, competitive battle. The Warriors now rank 21st in opponent offensive rebound %, meaning the Raptors will have some opportunities for second chance points. DeRozan then responded by cutting the Raptors' deficit to 123-122 with 1:03 to play. Curry made up for his earlier misses by hitting two free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

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). The Warriors controlled the quarter, outscoring the Raptors 38-19 while shooting 71.1 per cent from the field and holding a 22-4 edge in bench points.

Though, this one epic missed dunk by Kevin Durant had them all riled up at Air Canada Centre, music legend Drake included.

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The Raptors took the traditional Saturday night slot from the Maple Leafs for this one and the crowd was far louder than any you would hear at a hockey game here with the Raptors surprisingly threatening midway through the final quarter.

Thompson and Draymond Green had 10 points apiece while Durant added nine to lead Golden State to a 43-35 lead after the first, withstanding a 19-point effort by DeRozan. 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.

Head coach Dwane Casey has chose to open up his offense a bit this season. "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". But when you go in and have that situation, guys fighting their hearts out - maybe they thought we didn't deserve it with the way we played in the first half, I don't know. "We're kind of just this old country school up north", Casey said with a smile. "That (Poeltl call) was a back-breaker". "We had the ball going the other way in that situation".

One call DeRozan questioned was his being whistled for turning the ball over on a wild scramble with three seconds remaining.

"It's frustrating being out there feeling like you're playing five-on-eight", DeMar DeRozan said after Toronto's 127-125 loss Saturday. "That's just what it feels like. Some of those calls were bad".

"We've got to keep moving the ball, we've got to stay consistent moving the ball well and get defensive stops", said guard Tony Snell (11 points).

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