Tonight, the Warriors got the best of the Raptors and beat them by a final score of 125-118.
Defense, as shown by the final score, was non-existent for both teams, but it was the Warriors who wanted it more and eventually emerged victorious over Toronto. A lot of guys had huge nights, and it was a good way to open up the homestand for the Dubs.
In the first quarter of this game, both teams started off hot, but the Warriors defense, once again looked worse than the opponents’. The Raptors built a small lead, but it was torn down by the Warriors, who maintained their distance. The Warriors were whistled for a lot of fouls, but rode the momentum of Jarrett Jack, who carried them to a 31-28 lead at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, the Warriors had a late 12-3 run, which put them up double digits: Klay Thompson drilled a few three pointers. Unfortunately, they were only up 62-54 at the break.
Entering the third quarter, the Raptors started off hot and went on a 10-0 run to regain the lead, 64-62. Although the Warriors’ defense faltered, their offense came alive, and they were able to stay with the Raptors, not letting them pull away. For the rest of the third it was a back and forth pace, even though star guard Stephen Curry was only 3/8 at this point. At the end, the Raptors made a small push to gain a 90-83 lead.
The Warriors needed to have a huge fourth to win it, and that they did. The Warriors, after a series of electrifying plays, had the game knotted up at 100-100. When they swung the ball around, resulting in a Harrison Barnes three, the Warriors took the lead and didn’t look back.
This opened a 9-0 run, which the Warriors really rode to the end of the game. The Raptors’ attempts to win the fouling game almost succeeded, but Stephen Curry doesn’t miss free throws.
The Warriors’ next game is on Wednesday against the Kings.