The Warriors traveled north of the border on Sunday afternoon, and seemed to have left their offense in New York along with reserve forward Jermaine O’Neal’s passport. The Warriors theme of not making crucial shots and turning the ball over reared its ugly head, and the Raptors used a strong 4th quarter to grab the victory.
All-Star Stephen Curry had another strong statistical performance with 34 points and seven assists, however his four turnovers in the 4th quarter proved to be costly in the loss.
The Warriors headed into the 4th quarter with a three-point advantage thanks to a last second 3 point bucket by Steve Blake. The Warriors were not able to maintain that momentum, and the Raptors went on a 14-2 run to start the quarter.
The Warriors fought back to get within two points at 97-95 with a little over three minutes remaining; but were never able to hit the go ahead bucket.
After another late turnover by Curry, the Raptors were able to get scores from Amir Johnson and John Salmons to seal the victory.
The Raptors were paced by another strong performance from All-Star forward DeMar DeRozan who dropped in 32 points and was 11-for-12 from the free throw line.
The Warriors continue their road trip back east and travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday to face the Pacers at 4pm PT.
Notes: Jermaine O’Neal missed the game due to a misplaced passport; he will be available to play against the Pacers on Tuesday…. David Lee posted his 29th double-double of the season…. The Warriors are 5-2 since the All-Star break.