Curry, Durant Help Warriors Hold Off Raptors, 127-121

NBA Warriors Steph Curry

TORONTO, Sporting Alert – Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant added 30 to help the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 127-121 and ruined “Drake Night” at Air Canada Centre in the NBA Wednesday night.

Curry, who shot 10 of 19 from the floor and knocked down 12 of his 13 free throw attempts, also dished out seven assists.

Durant was 11 of 21 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds and six assists for Golden State (9-2), which won five in a row.

Klay Thompson finished with 15 points, but shot 4 of 15 and missed eight of his 11 three point attempts.

“A good way to start the trip, beating a really, really good team on the road in a very tough environment,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

“A lot to be happy about and a lot to work on too.”

DeMar DeRozan scored 19 of his 34 points in the third quarter, while pulling down six rebounds and dished out for assists for the Raptors.

Point guard Kyle Lowry added 24 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals and

Cory Joseph ended with 14 points off the bench for Toronto (7-4).

Green Was Impressive For Warrior

Draymond Green, who rolled his ankle early in the game shook that off to finish with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.

Green spearheaded a second-quarter defensive effort for the Warriors, who collected 10 points and six assists from reserve Andre Iguodala.

“He’s been great all year,” Durant said about Green.

“He sets the tone for us, defending, making the right play, being aggressive on the offensive end and defensive end.

“He’s just a basketball player. You can’t hold him to just one thing. He does it all.”

Kerr added: “Draymond was brilliant. The whole quarter, I thought he was great.”

Jonas Valanciunas, who came into the game scoring 13.5 points per outing, was held to 12 points with eight rebounds in the defeat for the Raptors, who shot 45-percent from the floor and outrebounded the Warriors 46-35.

Golden State shot 51-percent and had 33 assists on 44 field goal attempts (75%), but was also outscored by the Raptors in the third and fourth quarters.

After struggling offensive in the second quarter where they scored just 15 points Toronto outscored the Warriors 68-61 in the second half.

“The second quarter was great,” Kerr said. “It was one of the best quarters we’ve played, and it’s probably the only quarter we played tonight the way we want to play … that was the key to the game.”

About DWAYNE SIMPSON

Dwayne is a former high school and college athlete who now enjoys life off the court and off the track. He is a former contributor for the News World weekly magazine and online website.

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