The Toronto Raptors have now given two valiant efforts against the Golden State Warriors this season. But in both games, the Raptors fell just short. On Saturday in Toronto, the Warriors moved to 21-0 with a thrilling 112-109 victory.
Stephen Curry was a magician all game long, going for 44 points on 14-of-24 shooting and 9-of-15 from three. Curry also hit a handful clutch free throws down the stretch, and his ball pressure on Cory Joseph forced the game-clinching turnover:
Steph Curry's pressure forces Cory Joseph turnover…right to Drake. Warriors 21-0 pic.twitter.com/A6ChRs97rF
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) December 6, 2015
As great as Curry was, he was nearly outdueled by the brilliant Kyle Lowry, who went for 41 points, seven assists and four steals while shooting 14-of-26 overall and 6-of-10 from three. Unfortunately, Lowry missed a key free throw late in the game that would’ve tied the game. DeMar DeRozan also missed a key freebie, and his 5-of-19 shooting didn’t help the Raptors’ cause.
At first, it looked like Curry and the Warriors were going to run away with the game. The reigning MVP went wild in the first quarter and Golden State went up by 11 points after one, but the bench was terrible and Lowry’s played helped Toronto get back in it. The game stayed tight throughout after the initial surge, and it went back and forth for a bit during a wild fourth quarter.
But as usual, the Warriors made enough plays to win. Golden State made 10 consecutive free throws down the stretch, with Curry hitting six of those. He scored 15 points total in the fourth quarter, and he now has scored 40 points or more in seven games this year:
The Warriors play the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.