The Golden State Warriors did not have Steph Curry, Alfonso McKinnie, or Draymond Green against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. Golden State played catch up for most of the night. Kevin Durant had a big game with 51 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists. He also scored two clutch three pointers late in the fourth to send the game into overtime with the score at 119.
Pascal Siakam had some big baskets in overtime and the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 131-128. Siakam finished with 26 points and two boards. Kawhi Leonard was sensational and he guarded Kevin Durant all game long. Leonard finished with 37 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one block, and one steal.
Serge Ibaka scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds. Kyle Lowry flirted with a triple-double. He had 10 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, and three steals. The Raptors had 25 bench points and Jonas Valanciunas had 12 of them.
Klay Thompson scored 23 points, grabbed three rebounds, and recorded three assists for the Warriors. Jonas Jerebko scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench. Golden State’s bench scored 38 points. Damion Lee and Kevon Looney each scored seven points, but Looney grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Warriors biggest lead was only two points and the Raptors biggest lead was 18 points. This could potential be an NBA Finals Preview. Golden State sits in third place in the west, but they will crank it up once they get healthy. Toronto has the best record in the NBA right now.
These two teams will play each other one more time this season. The Golden State Warriors next game will be on the road against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Toronto Raptors next game will be on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.