Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, December 13, 2018, at. 5:22 PM EST
OAKLAND, CA – Minus their top player and with his coach still cries of his mother's death two days earlier, Toronto Raptors imposes a strong stamp on seasonal sweeping Golden State.
They did this with the double-defending NBA Warrior Champion almost full force, a very different scenario where teams played in Toronto less than two weeks ago.
Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to manage a well-off Toronto offense, while guiding Kawhi Leonard's gates, and Raptors dominated from the start to ride the Warriors on 113-93 Wednesday night.
"When you play them, you have to do a lot of things," said Adrian Griffin, assistant to Toronto, who after the game began to talk with reporters, while head coach Nick Nurse stayed with his family at Aiva for the maternal funeral.
"Give their boys a loan, they were ready to play, and they struggled with great intensity. We knew that this would be a challenge for us, and I think Kyle has done a phenomenal job in leading a team. He's All-Star, no doubt. "
Serge Ibaka added 20 points, Danny Green got 15, Pascal Siakam was 13, and Fred VanVleet 10 to help Raptors improve the NBA's best 23-7, matching the 2014-15 team to best start the franchise history.
They did it, despite the fact that Leonard was in the second round of the night. Toronto star is ahead of the painful right hip, and it was considered dubious before the game. He was shut down less than 30 minutes before the turn.
"In the long run, we want (Leonards) healthy," said Lowy. "We want him to take the time and get the right. But knowing that he is out, many things go through other people. I have been here for a long time and we have always said," The next person. "That is how we have always behaved against everything. "
Raptor also lost the seven-mile center to Jonas Valanciun's left thumb placed in the first half.
So with all this, would it be Toronto's most satisfactory win in the season? Not so fast, Lowy said.
"Good win for us," he explained. "Another game during the 82nd ride."
Kevin Durant had 30 points, seven rebels and five assistants in the Gold State. The Warriors gained four straight lines in the opening of many of the expected cards between two teams, many of whom are hoping to wait for the NBA finals.
"We did not start the game with a sense of urgency," said Jurant. "I do not think tonight we forget everyone, they just played better than us."
Despite the second half of the second half after the winner of the second generation Los Angeles Clippers from 123-99, Toronto proved to be the freshest team. Raptors beat slowly soldiers to lose balls and beat them 48-40.
Since February 8, 2004, it was Toronto's first victory in Oakland.
"It's a different ticker, a different feeling when you're in Toronto, and Milwaukee is just like a few years ago," said Warriors trainer Steve Kerr. "It's harder for each game to get up, there are some nights where you can feel it, you do not have this energy. That's not an excuse. It's just reality."
Raptors beat the Warriors overtime earlier this season in the season with a high 37 points from Leonard. The golden country did not have Stephen Curry or Draymond Green, but both returned to reunion while Leonard was sitting.
It almost does not matter.
Toronto led the 18th semi-finals and was at 93-67 at the beginning of the fourth quarter after playing Greg Monroe's three-point lead.
VanVleet said Raptors' protection was just as impressive as their offense.
"They are one of the best teams in the league for such a reason, and their offense is so deadly that you're trying to take the main guys and make them do things that they are not comfortable with," VanVleet said. "I think we did a good job after the game plan."
Kerr tried his starters midway through the fourth half when the Oracle Arena had quit.
Curry scored 10 points for a 3-on-12 shooting. The green was 1 in 5 and finished with two points, because the golden country went 6 to 26 for 3 indicators.
ODDS AND TRANSPORTATION
The first Retirees took place from 2001 to 2002. Toronto is the only other Eastern Conference team since 2014-2015. Year to sweep the Golden State. . Soldiers fell to 0-5 this season, when it was held below 100 points. . Carrie moved the previous Hall of Famer Rick Barry to the sixth place in the career list of 643 soldiers.
"He is similar to a fire extinguisher that should be stopped in an emergency. He goes there, he does not miss, but just soothes everyone." – Griffin talks about Monroe, who had five points and five rebounds for 7 1/2 minutes.
Raptors: The nurse will join the team again Friday in Portland. . Toronto for the first time in franchise history went 4-0 in California this year. … Loya double double was his 100th in Toronto. … Green took a technical error less than four minutes in the first quarter. … VanVleet (back) started after the game was questionable before the game.
Warriors: Shaun Livingston remained with pelvic bruising in the fourth quarter. . Andrei Iguodala was sitting in a second straight game with a hurt injury that occurred during the heating on Monday. Kerr said that Iguadula is everyday, but the team is cautious. … Kerr said there was no new update on DeMarcus Cousins, but left the possibility that the All-Star Center could re-practice with the G-League team in Santa Cruz.
Raptors: Play in Portland on friday.
Warriors: Play Sacramento on Friday.