Warriors beat Raptors in Thriller, 117-112
The Warriors faced off against the Toronto Raptors to open up a short three-game homestand, and the Warriors were looking to get to a record above .500 for the first time this season. The Warriors rode into this game after beating the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, and looked to carry the momentum they had to finish off that game and try to beat a very solid Raptors team.
In the first quarter, the Warriors looked to keep their momentum rolling after a strong win against Dallas, and put up a big first quarter against Toronto. The Raptors actually managed to hang with the Warriors through the first quarter, and they both shot 47% through the quarter, and because of this the score was 29-26 after the first quarter. The Warriors continued their trend of sluggish starts, turning the ball over three times and the team 2-8 from the three-point line. Draymond Green led the Warriors with 9 points in the quarter, while also picking up four rebounds. Jordan Bell got a lot of playing time in the first quarter, and continued to throw down the hammer like he did against Dallas, and threw down a massive alley-oop for his only points of the quarter. The Warriors led after the first, 29-26.
The second quarter saw the Warriors pick up their scoring on the back of Klay Thompson. Klay Thompson got incredibly hot, and went 4/5 from deep, and ended the half with 18 points. Stephen Curry continued his trend of getting to the free throw line, going 6-6 from the charity stripe in the half. Draymond Green had a very good half as well, not only doing his normal dominant play on the defensive end, but also had seven rebounds with 10 points. The second quarter was not without flaws though, the Warriors continued to turn the ball over, and their total was brought up to 9 for the half. Kevin Durant did his normal thing, minus the insane blocked shot numbers from the first games of the year, and ended the half with 13 points. The Warriors ended the second quarter with a healthy 62-53 lead.
The third quarter saw the Warriors continue to score at a high clip, but unfortunately they allowed the Raptors to get back into the game. At one point the Warriors had a 14-point lead, but they saw that cut down to five points. Stephen Curry, KD, and Klay all have over 20 points to end the quarter, and Steph hit two threes in a row at the end of the quarter to boost his confidence. The real problem in the third quarter was that by the end the Warriors had turned the ball over 14 times. The Warriors did manage to keep their lead though and the score was 91-86 after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was when this game really got crazy. The Warriors started off incredibly slow, and saw their lead completely disappear, and the Raptors had a five point lead with two minutes left in the game. The Warriors then quickly turned it around with a series of spectacular plays. Stephen Curry made a circus shot on a layup to cut the deficit to two points, and after keeping the Raptors from scoring, KD pulled up from the three point line and hit the same shot he hit against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 3 of the NBA Finals to tie the game. Then after holding the Raptors scoreless again, KD hit Steph with a perfect pass which allowed him to hit a deep three to give the Warriors a three-point lead. Klay Thompson then stuffed Kyle Lowry on the defensive end and the Warriors would run the clock out with Stephen Curry shooting two free throws. The end of the game was magnificent, even if the Warriors had to play a pretty bad 10 minutes to start the fourth quarter. The Warriors beat the Raptors 117-112.
The leading scorers for the game were Steph with 30 points, KD with 29, and Klay with 22. The scoring was not the most impressive part of the game for them though, as those three also combined for 15 assists and 16 rebounds. Draymond Green also had a great game, with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists, he nearly got his first triple double of the season.
My biggest takeaways from this game are that the Raptors are a really good team, and they might just be able to challenge the Cavaliers in the Postseason if it comes down to it. The Cavaliers lost badly to the Nets today, while the Raptors nearly beat the Warriors. The Raptors have some really nice pieces on their bench, and even when Kyle Lowry didn’t have a great game they were able to hang in there with the Warriors. The Warriors also need to cut down on their turnovers, which have been atrocious through their first five games. They turned the ball over 17 times, and it is incredibly hard to win when you turn the ball over that much.
Something cool to note about this game (and the next two games), is that Klay Thompson has pledged to donate $1,000 for every point he scores to the victims of the Wildfires in Northern California. Today he scored 22 points which means he will donate $22,000, with his shoe company, Anta, matching that donation.
The Warriors play their next game at home against the Washington Wizards on Friday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.