Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Warriors praise Kevin Durant’s 51-point game against Raptors

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard moves around Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thur Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard moves around Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thur
Frederick Owens | 03 December, 2018, 18:01

Curry has been out of the Warriors lineup since November 8 with a groin injury and Golden State has gone a pedestrian 5-5 since then.

When you come up short in a game but can take the focus away from the team that beat you for the first time in over four years and now holds the best record in the league, that can surely be chalked up as a small victory.

In his first four pro seasons, Quinn Cook has done plenty of winning-he was National Basketball Association D-League Rookie of the Year in 2016, a first-team All-D-League honoree in 2017 and in 2018, earned a National Basketball Association championship ring with the Golden State Warriors.

Draymond Green is still dealing with a toe injury, but Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will provide Golden State fans with plenty of excitement this weekend. "There's going to be some games where we've got a great team game going, where we can beat teams with the flow of our offence".

While Golden State shot just under 58 percent from deep in the first quarter, Toronto separated itself with its 3-point shooting - the Warriors failed to connect on a 3-pointer in the first quarter.

Toronto Raptors extended their red-hot form by beating Golden State Warriors 131-128 in overtime on Thursday night. That would have been something to watch.

The much-anticipated night - a rare nationally televised game in the USA, and the Warriors' only regular-season trip to Toronto - lived up to its promise.

The Raptors' biggest lead of the night was 18 points and they held a 17-point lead at one point in the third quarter, yet they still found themselves battling in overtime with the Warriors.

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What's extra impressive about the ratings is that the game was only seen on TSN 4, with TSN's main channel dedicated to the Thursday night NFL football game.

The Raptors will get another chance at Golden State soon - the Warriors host Toronto on December 12. "Hopefully Draymond won't be too far behind him".

Durant joins Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain and Curry as the only Warriors to post three consecutive 40-point games.

The 37 points is a season-high for Leonard. Pascal Siakam had 26 points, while Serge Ibaka had 20 points. On Saturday night, they dropped 75 points and on Monday night, they put in 78 points. "He can score at any point".

The Raptors had 25 bench points.

"They did a really good job of throwing that first punch", Iguodala said.

Seventeen points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday gave him double-doubles in a career-best three straight games.

Kevin Durant has been on a tear since Curry got hurt and had to carry most of the scoring load with Thompson.

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