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Warriors star Stephen Curry to return from 11-game absence Saturday

30 November, 2018, 09:13 | Author: Delia Walker
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The Raptors shot 72.7 per cent from the field in the first. Klay Thompson had 23. The matchup prompted Thompson to suggest the night was a potential preview of June's National Basketball Association finals. "More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night!" That included a cold-blooded 32-foot three-point dagger to close the quarter that flipped a comfy Raps lead into an uneasy eight-point one. The Warriors were the National Basketball Association champs in three of the past four seasons.

Toronto luminaries dotted the audience for the matchup between the National Basketball Association powerhouses, from Drake to Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock.

Up by just three points heading into a insane final minute of regulation, Lowry drilled a thrill, but Durant replied with two of his own, his second dagger tying the game with 8.6 seconds to play and sending it to overtime.

While Golden State is an extremely hard team to maintain a big lead against, it is becoming a concerning trend for Toronto to let teams back in, as Detroit, Orlando and Miami have all chipped away at big deficits to make things interesting down the stretch.

Green hit a tie-breaking 3 with 2:07 left in the extra session, and Toronto added to its lead when Lowry stole the ball from Andre Iguodala, leading to a pair of free throws by Siakam.

Nick Nurse certainly was dressed for the occasion.




It was the marquee National Basketball Association game of the night, with the TNT crew of Chris Webber and Marv Albert broadcasting courtside, and all sportscasters wore flamboyant suit jackets to honour the late sideline reporter Craig Sager. Golden State coach Steve Kerr leaped to his feet in need of a timeout to reset his Warriors just five minutes into the game.

Curry, meanwhile, sat out with strained adductor (groin).

For those still sleeping on the Raptors, or refusing to realize that this isn't the same old Raptor team that's had great regular season success and failed to maximize potential in the playoffs, maybe they have something to learn watching this game?

"It feels different for us when we know we're playing one of the best teams in the league".

Through the first frame, Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 13 points and Pascal Siakam was not far behind with 10 points. The Raptors went up by as many as 18 and led 38-25 to end the quarter. Durant seemingly had an answer for each run made by the Raptors and kept the Warriors within striking distance despite being shorthanded.

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