Raptors rout Warriors 113-93 without Kawhi to complete sweep
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 13, 2018 02:14 PM
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, Serge Ibaka added 20 points and the Raptors dominated Golden State from the start, beating the Warriors 113-93 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) to complete a season sweep.
Danny Green scored 15 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Fred VanVleet added 10 to help the Raptors improve to an NBA-best 23-7, matching the best start in franchise history.
They did it despite not having Leonard for a second consecutive night. Toronto's star forward has a sore right hip and was questionable before the game before being ruled out less than 30 minutes before tip-off.
The Raptors also lost seven-foot center Jonas Valanciunas to a dislocated left thumb in the first half.
Despite playing the second half of a back-to-back following a 123-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), Toronto appeared to be the fresher team. The Raptors repeatedly beat the sluggish Warriors to loose balls and outrebounded the two-time defending champs 48-40.
It was Toronto's first win in Oakland since Feb. 8, 2004.
Kevin Durant had 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Golden State. The Warriors had won four straight heading into a much-anticipated showdown between two teams many expect to reach the NBA Finals.
The Raptors beat the Warriors in overtime earlier this season behind a season-high 37 points from Leonard. Golden State didn't have Stephen Curry or Draymond Green for that game, but both were back for the rematch while Leonard sat out.
It hardly mattered.
Toronto led by 18 in the first half and was up 93-67 early in the fourth following a three-point play by Greg Monroe. Warriors coach Steve Kerr benched his starters midway through the fourth as the Oracle Arena crowd filed for the exits.
Curry scored 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Green went 1-for-5 and finished with two points as Golden State went 6-for-26 on three-pointers.
Raptors: Toronto went 4-0 in California this season for the first time in franchise history. ... Lowry's double-double was his 100th with Toronto. ... Green picked up a technical foul less than four minutes into the first quarter. ... VanVleet (back) started after being questionable before the game.
Warriors: Andre Iguodala sat out a second straight game with a hip injury sustained during warmups Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Kerr said Iguodala is day-to-day but added the team is taking a cautious approach. ... Kerr said there is no new update on DeMarcus Cousins but left open the possibility that the All-Star center could practice again with the G-League team in Santa Cruz.
Raptors: Play at Portland on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Warriors: Play at Sacramento on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).