Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Steph Curry returns for Warriors, leads Golden State to victory over Raptors

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points, while Eric Bledsoe added 21 to lead the Bucks.

Then it was a one-point game, the house rocking, the game ultra-competitive, both teams going at each other, both players and coaches.

The Warriors rank second in offensive rating and fourth in defensive rating this season, and they'll provide a stiff test for a Raptors team that has won seven of their past eight games.

There are no moral wins and this one will be recorded as a loss and yet the Raptors should grow from the experience and learn from the first half. In the first half, Durant missed a wide-open transition dunk that clanked off the back of the rim and sailed out of bounds.

Shell-shocked, schooled, Toronto had no answer with the Warriors playing at such a high level.

But then referee Courtney Kirkland - ironically, working his first Warriors game since butting heads with guard Shaun Livingston in a game at Miami on December 3 - called a foul on Poeltl, who had not only blocked Curry's shot but hit him with plenty of body after doing so.

When the Raptors and Warriors meet, competitive games become the norm, but not Saturday night, at least not in the defining first half.

"Warrior coming", yelled Stephen Curry an hour or so before he and his teammates were scheduled to take on the Raptors. "Being out there feels like you're playing five on eight".

"It's sore but it felt good enough to play", Curry said.

Steph Curry picked up two fouls, but when he got matched up against Serge Ibaka on a switch, Curry sized up his bigger defender and calmly drained a shot. Toronto went on a 23-6 fourth-quarter run to shrink Golden State's lead to 116-115 with 3:54 left to play.

The most salient points included questioning the wisdom of Bell and Rogers banishing Raptors games to channels that many don't subscribe to, instead of more easily accessible channels. Oklahoma City will play four of its next five at home. That remains, obviously, to be seen.

Klay Thompson and the Warriors had to keep making shots to outlast DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors. Drake and his pal had to wait a couple of minutes to get to their courtside seats like anybody else would have until a stoppage of play early in the first quarter.

Bench mob: Toronto's reserves had a heck of a night against Cleveland on Thursday. They started the trip with an impressive win in Milwaukee last night as Kevin Durant continues to be unstoppable on offense after his return from a calf injury.

It didn't matter as the ball moved, the ball finding nothing but the bottom of the net.

"But the way [we] scrapped in the second half, it blows my mind".

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