Golden State Warriors have endured Toronto Raptors’ late push to win their sixth match this season. The hero of the hosts was Damion Lee, who scored two big-time free throws with 4.3 seconds to go, setting the final result, 106-105 for the Warriors.
Kyle Lowry fouled Lee, and Nick Nurse challenged that call, but the refs stood by their initial decision after reviewing the situation. Even though Golden State’s player found himself under heavy pressure, he was ice cold, sinking both shots from the lane, tying the result at first, and then handing his crew an edge.
Pascal Siakam would have a chance to drill a game-winner for the Raptors, but the Raptors’ forward was off the target.
“It was a scary one, but we feel good walking out of here with a win against a championship caliber team,” said Steve Kerr about tonight’s win.
His team experienced two major adversities and managed to win after all. The first was the fact that GSW had just 28.3% of success with shooting from deep, 13-for-46, and the second was Steph Curry’s terrible performance.
The two-time MVP had 11 points, making just two of his 16 shots from the field and one of ten threes. For sure, this was one of the worst nights in Curry’s career.
“We have enough talent, enough weapons to overcome a bad shooting performance,” coach Steve Kerr told.
Curry would add nine boards and six assists, partially covering up a terrible night.
However, that forced the Warriors to be more diverse in the attack, which is why they had seven players with 10 or more points, plus Kent Bazemore, who ended the night with nine.
The top scorer was Andrew Wiggins with 17 points, Eric Paschall added 15, and Lee 13 both off the bench. Kelly Oubre scored 12 buckets, Draymond Green and James Wiseman 10 apiece. Green was near a triple-double with 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Toronto was down 15 points shortly after the start of the final period, 89-72, but managed to take the lead in the finish, 101-97. In an extremely tight finish, the Raptors ran out of juice, posting their seventh loss of the year.
The campaign didn’t start well for the 2019 champions, who did lose some notable players, but even with that, two wins in nine matches are pretty bad.
Pascal Siakam had a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet scored 21 points, adding five boards and assists each. Kyle Lowry ended the night with 17 buckets, nine boards, and six assists, losing just one possession in 34 minutes.
Chris Boucher had a solid game off the bench with 15 points and six boards, while OG Anunoby scored 10 points in 37 minutes as a starter. A very big problem for the guests was the fact that their bench had 8 points counting out Boucher. It is why Toronto’s perfect defense on Curry wasn’t rewarded in the end.
Nick Nurse’s team doesn’t have too much time to rest, as they immediately travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers already this Monday. After that match, the Raptors head back to Florida for a five-game “homestand”, which opens against the Charlotte Hornets.
The Warriors have one more match at Chase Center, vs Indiana Pacers. Following this contest, Curry and the boys hit the road for a three-game journey that begins in Denver and continues through Phoenix and Los Angeles, where Warriors play against the Lakers.
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