The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors played a lively, entertaining game Saturday night, one that featured Golden State scoring 81 points in the first half and Toronto almost erasing a 27-point deficit before falling agonizingly short against the defending champions. "We didn't think too much, we just went out there and played hard. In the second half we just buckled down and stayed silent".
Malcolm Brogdon (17 points) and Snell hit two 3s apiece in the 15-7 run with Antetokounmpo on the bench to give Milwaukee an 82-80 lead after three quarters. Serge Ibaka returns to the lineup after missing the previous game to serve a one-game suspension.
Golden State 127, Toronto 125.
Curry, who spent part of his childhood in Toronto when his father Dell played for the Raptors, got a massive ovation when he was introduced, but looked a tad rusty early following his layoff. "I don't feel limited out there, but you can just feel it".
It was a fun, competitive battle. DeRozan then responded by cutting the Raptors' deficit to 123-122 with 1:03 to play. Toronto shot 23 free throws in the second half and 32 overall, making 27.
"It happens", Kerr said about Curry's missed free throws.
Fred VanVleet's three-pointer at the buzzer rounded out the scoring as Toronto lost for the first time (11-1) when DeRozan scores 30 or more points.
Golden State will also have plenty of wing defenders to hopefully slow down DeMar DeRozan, who is averaging 25 points per game this season.
Thompson had 20 points as Golden State finished the second on a 10-2 run for a 81-54 half-time lead.
The Warriors regained possession, and the Raptors had no choice but to foul. The Raptors are 15-2 on the Air Canada Centre floor this season. However, the All-Star guard's assist total was a team high, while his rebound haul drew even with Kevin Durant's for the team lead as well.
"There are no moral victories in this league", Toronto head coach Dwane Casey said. "It caught us off-guard a little bit but we were able to get back to our defensive mentality of being the aggressor in the fourth quarter".
"But the way [we] scrapped in the second half, it blows my mind". "That (Poeltl call) was a back-breaker".
"Like I told [Chris Haynes], man, I'm not talking about no other man's tattoos".
"It's frustrating", he said.
The kind of basketball Golden State played was downright spectacular, the kind of play you don't witness very often, the way champions conduct themselves. "Some of them calls were bad, period". Golden State comes to Toronto in a back-to-back situation after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 108-94 in Milwaukee on Friday night.
DeRozan said the win over Cleveland and second half versus Golden State weren't surprises to the Raptors players.
"I don't know what it is", Curry said.