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Sunday, March 2nd
(All times Eastern)
Golden State Warriors (36-23) at Toronto Raptors (32-26), 4 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors continue what has been a
successful road trip thus far when they visit Air Canada Centre on Sunday to
face the Toronto Raptors.
The Warriors are 2-1 on this six-game eastern sojourn which will see them
visit the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics before returning home to the Bay
Last time out, the Warriors were sensational against the floundering New York
Knicks, routing the home team, 126-103.
It may not have been quite the performance as his last visit there, but
Stephen Curry still dazzled once again in his return to Madison Square Garden.
Just over a year to the day when he exploded for a career-high 54 points and
went 11-of-13 from 3-point range in a 109-105 road loss to the Knicks, Curry
tallied 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists before taking a seat with the
Warriors comfortably ahead at the start of the fourth.
"It is pretty special," Curry said of his triple-double. "I haven't had one
since my rookie year before this year started. I am trying to impact the game
in different areas."
Klay Thompson also rested the final frame after racking up 25 points, with
Jermaine O'Neal adding 15 in just 20 minutes to help Golden State bounce back
from Wednesday's 20-point loss in Chicago.
The Raptors had a three-game winning streak come to an end in their last
appearance on the hardwood.
It took three overtimes before the Washington Wizards finally left Canada with
a 134-129 victory on Thursday night.
DeMar DeRozan netted a game-high 34 points in more than 57 minutes for
Toronto, while Kyle Lowry -- who injured his ankle late in regulation but
stayed in and played 54 himself -- flirted with a triple-double in the
setback. Lowry finished with 18 points, 10 assists and nine boards.
"He (Lowry) stayed in the game but he turned his ankle real bad," said Toronto
coach Dwane Casey. "Next man up. Greivis Vasquez did a heck of a job coming in
and covering for Kyle. He took the ball-handling duties away from him, letting
him rest on the side. I thought Kyle still battled on defense and that was
huge for us."
Vasquez finished with 26 points off the bench. Amir Johnson chipped in 16.
Lowry wasn't the only injured Raptor on Thursday. Toronto guard Terrence Ross
left in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return,
despite scoring 11 points.
The Raptors host the Sacramento Kings on Friday, then hit the road for two
The Warriors beat the Raptors at Oracle Arena on Dec. 3 and have won three
straight in the series and eight of the last nine.
03/02 10:12:07 ET