Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NBA Wrap: Curry returns to tame Raptors

NBA Wrap: Curry returns to tame Raptors

Will the Toronto Raptors pull off the upset on their home court tonight when they play the Golden State Warriors at 7:30PM ET?

It turned out to be an impressive two-game sequence for Golden State, who beat the Milwaukee Bucks and Raptors on the road in back-to-back nights. For the Warriors, Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is questionable, and the status of Omri Casspi is unknown after he missed Friday's game with back soreness.

Durant (three), Thompson (two) and Curry (two) combined for seven 3-pointers for the Warriors, who shot 58.0 percent overall en route to the 20th victory in their last 23 games. DeRozan was one of Toronto's few bright spots with 25 first-half points while Anunoby added 11.

Draymond Green added 14 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who swept their fourth straight season series from the Raptors.

For Toronto, Kyle Lowry has missed the last two games with a bruised tailbone and is doubtful tonight.

Per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, Toronto head coach Dwane Casey joked maybe the refs "didn't think we deserved [to win] after that first half" after saying he had tremendous respect for their job. "I'm not happy with a moral victory but we've got to can what we had in the second half. and play that way for 48 minutes".

In the first quarter, there wasn't much defence being played, the pace high, the fans inside the ACC enjoying every shot that was heaved, every jumper that found net. "That (Poeltl call) was a back-breaker. I've got to look at them and see", Casey said. One second left to go with the world knowing where the ball was headed: To DeRozan for a game-tying attempt. "Some of those calls were awful".

There were few in Toronto who agreed with him after the way Saturday night's game ended. They've now won four consecutive games after coming back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Mavericks 107-101 in overtime on Saturday afternoon.

"They key word is believing", Casey said.

"I thought Malcolm was great, being able to guard Thompson and also being able to run the offense and take advantage of the ball movement", Kidd said.

DeRozan said the win over Cleveland and second half versus Golden State weren't surprises to the Raptors players.

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