NBA Predictions: Can host Raptors upset Durant, Warriors? 1/13/18


Stephen Curry has returned from a two-game National Basketball Association absence to score 24 points while Klay Thompson had 26 as the Golden State Warriors blew almost all of a 27-point lead before beating the Toronto Raptors 127-125. Down one with 45.2 seconds left, it looked like Toronto was off to the races after second-year center Jakob Poeltl blocked Curry's shot at the rim, and the Raptors were going to be able to head the other way with an odd-man advantage.

"We just played extremely hard, and we didn't think too much", DeRozan said.

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The defending-champion Warriors (league-best 35-9 record) earned their NBA-leading 19th road win and eighth straight victory over Toronto. After half the players on the court went scrambling for a loose ball, it was initially ruled out of bounds on Curry.

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It was a fun, competitive battle.

But the Raptors are a prideful group and credit Toronto for mounting a fight in the third quarter, cutting the Warriors' 27-point halftime lead into single digits and then making it interesting when the Raps cut it to four with 6:30 remaining thanks to a 14-0 run.

"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.

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When holding opponents under 100 points, Golden State is 11-2 and Toronto is 12-4. Raptors reserves also contributed 39 rebounds and 22 assists while shooting 53 percent form the floor and 47 percent from beyond the arc.

The Air Canada Centre gathering got to cheer when Durant missed a dunk with 2:53 left to play.

In Curry's absence, Golden State has gone 1-1.

Demar DeRozan led the comeback with a huge 42-point, five-rebound, three-assist effort.

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