Warriors Earn Big Win Over Raptors

By: Alex Qiu

The Warriors came into Toronto on Friday night to play the Raptors in the second game of a back to back, the first one being a 110-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. While some skeptics will undoubtedly start to favor the Cavaliers over the Warriors as the most likely NBA Champion, the Dubs had a huge statement win over the Raptors.
Even without Andre Iguodala (rest), the Warriors took an early lead and never trailed in the game. Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson combined for 25 of the Warriors’ 27 first quarter points while holding the Raptors to just 11 points.
Mo Speights came out hot in the second quarter with a good-looking midrange jumper. Led by Thompson with nine points and Speights with eight, the Warriors extended the lead even more into halftime, 54-31.
In the third quarter, the Warriors as a team simply did not miss. Thompson had the first ten points of the third, taking pressure off of Curry, who had 11 points. The Raptors’ star backcourt of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan continued to struggle, never getting into a rhythm of any sort. By the end of the period, the Warriors had put up 44 points and lead by 41, 98-57. A small incident occurred near the end of the third, with Festus Ezeli pushing Tyler Hansborough, before Hansborough proceeded to charge at Ezeli and engage in a shoving match after which both were ejected. The Raptors did manage to finally score some points in the 4th quarter, but it was by then it far too little and too late.

Curry and Thompson lead the way with 22 and 25 points each, along with Green, who had 19 points and 7 rebounds. Terrence Ross had a nice game with 18 points off the bench to lead the Raptors’ in scoring, but overall no one played well for Toronto. Although the Warriors played fantastic defense, the Raptors just did not have much luck from the arc, connecting on only 4 of 22 three pointers. The Warriors are now 2-2 on their 6 game road trip and look to finish strong with a game against the Celtics on Sunday afternoon. The Raptors will try to bounce back against the Knicks on Saturday.

Cover Image: By JonathanFertgg (Own work) [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons