Kevin Durant had 22 points, matched his season best with 17 rebounds, seven assists and a career high-tying six blocks, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Toronto Raptors 121-111 on Wednesday night.
Stephen Curry added 28 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 21 points for Golden State, which showed that if you make these Warriors a little mad one game, they might just play far better the next.
Upset with themselves for blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose 109-108 at Cleveland in an NBA Finals rematch on Christmas Day, they took it out on Toronto three days later.
DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and became Toronto’s career scoring leader (10,290), passing Chris Bosh’s 10,275 points, but the Raptors had their franchise-record, seven-game road winning streak snapped.
DeRozan passed Chris Bosh to become the Toronto Raptors’ all-time leading scorer.
DeRozan needed 15 points to set the new franchise mark entering Wednesday’s game against Golden State.
He surpassed Bosh late in the second quarter with a pull-up shot from just inside the free throw line that lifted him to 10,276 points in a Toronto uniform.
Chris Bosh scored 10,275 points with Toronto.
Casey couldn’t be happier with how DeRozan represents the franchise. The eighth-year guard shot 10 for 23 with nine free throws, six assists and five rebounds.
“I think he’s grown in every aspect of his game except probably his 3-point shooting, but he’s probably one of the best in-between shooters in the league,” Casey said.
“He’s one of those guys that he’s always brought something new to the table each and every year. I couldn’t think of anybody who deserves that honour or record or whatever you want to call it more than DeMar. I think he’s the face of our franchise. He represents it in a first-class way.”
Curry, Durant and Thompson scored 20 or more points each in the same game for the 11th time.
Golden State led by 25 after the first quarter, dished out 30 or more assists for an NBA-best 22nd time and shot 56.8 per cent in a 12th straight home win against Toronto and sixth overall.
Curry’s snazzy behind-the-back pass to Thompson for a 3-pointer late in the third put the Warriors up 95-75, but they had to deliver late. Curry rebounded a missed 3 by Durant and converted two key free throws with 2:04 to go, then Durant blocked a shot by DeRozan on the other end. He blocked two more shots in succession on the final play of the game.
Golden State has now gone 119 straight regular-season games without losing back-to-back contests since April 2015 and has won 15 in a row after a defeat, going 5-0 this season.
Andre Iguodala scored in double figures off the bench for the seventh time this season with 11 points, making all five of his shots.
Golden State made nine of its first 10 shots with a pair of 3s by Thompson, a long 28-footer by Curry and another from Durant to jump to a 22-4 lead. The Raptors called their second timeout with 7:40 left in the first.
Toronto started the second with a 19-6 spurt to get back within 12 but the Warriors closed the half on a 16-4 run to lead 72-55 at the break.