October 24, 2018

Saturday NBA game preview: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors

14 January 2018, 11:48 | Anna Jefferson

DeMar DeRozan Rips Refs After Warriors Game: 'Felt Like We Were Playing 5-on-8'

Warriors' Stephen Curry expected to return vs. Toronto

The Warriors (35-9) squandered a 27-point halftime lead, and after missing the previous two games with an aggravated sprain in his right ankle, Stephen Curry (24 points, nine assists, six rebounds) missed two late foul shots that were almost costly.

When a team comes into your house and drops 81 first-half points, nothing more needs to be said.

John Wall scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime and added 16 assists as Washington beat Brooklyn 119-113 after giving back a 23-point lead.

Then it was a one-point game, the house rocking, the game ultra-competitive, both teams going at each other, both players and coaches.

Curry mostly looked like himself in his return from a two-game absence, but his pair of missed free throws with 45 seconds remaining was an uncommon sight.

There are no moral wins and this one will be recorded as a loss and yet the Raptors should grow from the experience and learn from the first half. 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.

Curry - who had 24 on the night - scored two free throws with two seconds left on the clock, as a Fred VanVleet jumper for the Raptors as time expired saw the game end 127-125.

The Warriors play the Raptors on Saturday night before returning to the United States to play in Cleveland on Monday against the Cavaliers.

Specifically, Green is campaigning for himself, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to all make the trip to Los Angeles with the Warriors sitting atop the Western Conference at 33-9. But Durant came right back with a jam to put Golden State ahead 73-52.

"The way we played in the first half, we gave them way too much respect".

Per Eric Koreen of The Athletic, DeRozan said it felt like the Raptors "were playing 5-on-8" against the Warriors and referees.

A report of the calls made inside the final two minutes will be released Sunday afternoon (as is done after every game). He returned from a one-game break for rest. If Lowry was in the lineup, my pick might be different. "We just went out there and played hard".

While temperatures were frigid outside, the NBA-best Warriors started off white-hot.

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