After Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers spoiled the Warriors Christmas, they were able to bounce back last night against the Toronto Raptors with a 121-111 win in Oracle Arena.
To open the game, the Warriors gave the Raptors a taste of their best basketball and held a commanding 42-17 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. The shooting told the story as the warriors shot 72% (18-25) from the field and 66% (6-9) from 3-point range; while on the other end, the Raptors shot horribly with 19% (5-26) from the field and 12% (1-8) from 3-point range.
In the 2nd quarter the Warriors got a little to confident in their play and began to get sloppy/careless and allowed several points off turnovers. Golden State’s 9 turnovers in the quarter to the Raptors 0, helped Toronto close in on a 5-point game with 5 minutes remaining in the quarter. The Warriors learned the hard way that DeRozan and the Raptors are too good of a team to fall asleep on, but fixed their mistakes and jumped back out to a 17-point lead (72-55) at halftime.
The 3rd quarter was a lot of the same from the Warriors as they kept their 17-point lead (104-87) heading into the 4th quarter. Golden State road Klay Thompson’s hot hand as he dropped 11 points in the quarter after being held to none in the 2nd. In the 4th quarter the Raptors went for another comeback, bringing the lead to 5-points once again after some more careless turnovers by the Warriors, but some solid defense down the stretch for Golden State helped solidify the win.
Toronto had some solid contributions from their two usual stars, Demar DeRozan (29 points, 10-23 shooting) and Kyle Lowry (27 points, 11 assists & 9-22 shooting) but got a great performance from Terrence Ross off the bench as well as he ended with 24 points and 7 rebounds on 10-23 shooting.
Golden State however, showed how well-rounded they are, getting contributions from every starter on the team. Draymond Green had 14 points, 10 assists & 6 rebounds, Kevin Durant had 22 points, 17 rebounds, 7 assist, & 6 blocks, Steph Curry had 28 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds, Klay Thompson had 21 points and even Zaza Pachullia had 8 points. The Warriors got some good minutes from bench players as well, Ian Clark (9 points) and Andre Iguodala (11 points) in particular.
The Warriors elite play in the first quarter ended up being the decisive factor in the game as the Raptors could never over come the deficit. Golden State is undefeated this season when Curry, Thompson and Durant each drop at least 20 points and that streak continued in this game as their well-roundedness helped them get the win.