Not even Warriors and Durant can stop the red-hot Raptors


It's nearly to the point where we should just leave the field for Siakam's career-high blank until the season ends because he continues to reach new heights.

Kerr ruled Curry out of the two-time defending champions' marquee matchup against the league-leading Raptors in Toronto on Thursday, despite the fact that Curry himself is "dying to play". After being dominated in a 117-85 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, LeBron James will be looking to right the ship and the team may have to do it without Lonzo Ball. Coach Nick Nurse wore a bright blue sports coat in a tribute to late sportscaster Craig Sager.

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It was the fifth time this season Leonard put up 30-plus points, with two of those efforts coming against the Boston Celtics and one against the 76ers - a couple of the big dogs expected to push Toronto for the Eastern Conference crown this spring. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock sat courtside.

Image under armour
Image under armour

Through the first frame, Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 13 points and Pascal Siakam was not far behind with 10 points.

Leonard, and Danny Green shared lots of insights with the Raps from their experiences in San Antonio taking on the Warriors.

While Golden State shot just under 58 percent from deep in the first quarter, Toronto separated itself with its 3-point shooting - the Warriors failed to connect on a 3-pointer in the first quarter.

The Raptors dominated so thoroughly in Thursday's first quarter, some scenes felt surreal.

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"He's dying to play but we rely heavily on Rick, Rick is really good at his job", Kerr said.

The much-anticipated night - a rare nationally televised game in the US, and the Warriors' only regular-season trip to Toronto - lived up to its promise.

The Raptors' biggest lead of the night was 18 points and they held a 17-point lead at one point in the third quarter, yet they still found themselves battling in overtime with the Warriors. The Raptors went up by as many as 18 and led 38-25 to end the quarter.

Thompson scored nine points in the second and Durant added eight as Golden State cut the deficit to single digits.

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Five other Raptors scored in double digits, including Siakam, who had 26 points, and Lowry who had 10 points and 12 assists. Lowry got a steal on the next Golden State possession.

The Raptors fly to Cleveland on Friday for a Saturday night meeting with the Cavaliers.

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