OAKLAND, Calif. – They got their money worth. The Bay Area is a long way to travel, so you may also get the full experience of Golden State Warriors.
This was the Raptors regular season visit to its last season, and this is a look at unexpected nights to Toronto, not winning here since 2004.
During the pre-game game, in the pumping sound to ear ear parts that belong to Oracle Arena lovin, the public address publishes the point that Golden State would try to knock for winning the Raptors in Last month ago, when Warriors played without Steph Curry and Draymond Green.
But they were healthy on Wednesday, ensuring that the Raptors who led the NBA and Warriors twice a defender coincide with, even if Toronto was play at rear back-end and without Kawhi Leonard, who was seated for the second straight game with a right-thrown hook.
On paper, the Raptors would just be an easy choice with the whole world watching on ESPN.
Not so fast.
In a competition that proved why sports betting was a terrible idea, the Raptors broke the most prominent regular season team in the history of NBA, 113-93. They held the Warriors for only six three and strong Chryri to just 10 points, and Kyle Lowry organized the Raptors with 23 points and 12 assistants as all five starters doubled figures.
Many results may have been anticipated.
The Warriors breaking the Raptors? Certainly. All excuses in the world were available to them, some of which were even reasons.
The Raptors fight hard to end but fall short? Perhaps that was my bet.
But Toronto is virtually leading to wire-to-wire, never giving the Warriors a crack of light and sends up their manic fans' scores up to hit the traffic before & # 39; r fourth quarter ending?
A hundred celebrities Let's Go Raptors & # 39; echoes over a quick wandering kid when the horn sounds?
Can not be done.
But the Raptors, having run 11-0 to start the fourth quarter to build on their first 36 minutes of uncomfortable work and open a 26-point lead with 8:48 to play. The Warriors gave the white flag five minutes later as lead coach Steve Kerr drew his beginners. It was only the 24th Warriors home loss since they started their championship five years ago – against 123 awards. Amazingly.
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The victory improved the record of Toronto to 23-7 – the best of 30 games franchise – and improved its status as the best story and the NBA so far this season. The club improved to 7-1 without Leonard and 2-0 against the Warriors (19-10), who came to the game as the highest seeds at the Western Conference, in a fortune. What else? The Raptors is now 2-0 of what was projected as a monster in the West as they enjoyed Thursday outside of a day before playing in Portland on Friday.
Coming off the heels their victory against Los Angeles Clippers, which was No. 2 in the West when the Raptors had settled in the evening, was almost unconditionally the most impressive backward attempt of the trademark in its history.
"I love Oracle. I love the fans here. I love the building," says Lowry. I think they move to a new building next year so it will be a place of losing but it's special. This is a great building. The atmosphere is incredible. They have done special things here. But it's just a great building … we lost 13 consecutively, I believe as an organization … guess they've started a new streak. What else can I say?
The Raptors led 57-41 on half, climbing the Warriors as the wizard made the woman in a box as they jumped to lead 13 points on Golden State after the first quarter – the largest hole that is in The Warriors have been in to start a home game this season. They then served with the second unit as a Raptors header coach, who chose a Nurse Nurse to remove the rotation slightly by giving Lowry and Siakam longer with the second unit that can find it & # 39; n hard. The Egyptians led them to 18 on the Ibaka bank with a record to play and go to the half in full control, to the extent that this is possible against the most explosive crime of the NBA. They did in the first half by keeping them shooting 38.6 percent and only three total triplets, shades of what were to come.
The Warriors did not bring their game A & # 39; and the Sweepers punished them.
"They have a bit of everything – athletic wings and great people who can shoot a train and put the ball on the floor," said Curry. "We know that Kyle Lowry is a great player … tonight they were clearly a better team and everyone felt confident and they played each other very well and on our own, not We just had it. "
The only cloud was a collective injury to Jonas Valanciunas, who had displaced his right thumb while Green wiped the ball as the Lithuania was large in the paint. Valanciunas was astonished and he replaced his thumb on a terrible angle. There was no fake on the play, although those in the Raptors camp who thought it was a crackdown for Green. It is likely to cost a lot of time – ashamed as he finished effectively in the paint against the Warriors, just as he had been all in the season. But the depth of the Raptors is something else, and they can get good minutes by Greg Monroe that are used very much and will be able to rely on it if Valanciunas goes out for an extended period.
After half of the Raptors keep pressing. Even as the Warriors tried to stand themselves for a fourth quarter surge, Fred VanVleet scored for stealing Kevin Durant and took down the floor, placing weight on the momentum of the home with one of a handful of lions played and helped the Raptors keep a 15-point healthy cushion with 12 minutes to play.
But here's what the Raptors joined for, right? An opportunity to beat the kings on their home court?
Before the game, it was worth asking how the Raptors would control Golden State with a full list (less Andre Imagination, out with own hip injury), and specifically Curry, and He returned to the line on the game after the Warriors' visit to Toronto and has restarted lighting the league as a very little bit.
Through 17 games, Curry gave an average of 30.1 points to NBA's game while shooting an incredible 50 percent of three. Only six players have shot more than 50 percent deep since the line was introduced in 1979 when making at least one game, and three times it happened in the mid 90's when the line was shortened to 22 feet and nine inches. Nobody has ever done even even the average three offers a game.
Could he be the first three-point high-shot shooter to do half his attempt?
"Certainly [someone can shoot 50 per cent from three], but you would expect it to come from a man who stands up and being widespread and shooting three of them as a game. There are a few guys who have done that before, "said Kerr, the full-time NBA leader in three point accuracy, poking himself in his own". In terms of flying around Steph and shot off on the dribbling and shooting the number of train that he does and shoot the half-court pictures at the end of the quarters, horrible, it's almost impossible to do that over the year, but I do not give Steph on anything in the past, that's definitely. "
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But Curry had never had a chance as he had to throw 2-o-8 nights and had only 12 shots overall for 10 points under pressure. VanVleet came into a shirt and Danny Green was met around and even sometimes worked in the job. Klay Thompson also had rumors (14 points on 17 shots). It was an elite team defense against the best abusive weapons and the game.
"We're just trying to make them uncomfortable," said VanVleet. "They are one of the best teams in the league for a reason and their crime [is as well], so we tried to take out their main men and make them do things that are not comfortable doing them and try to play their trends and take them away and I thought We've done a good job following the game plan.
"Obviously, many of those involved with them have occasionally been lost occasionally. They were losing some open ones that they usually do but you would hope that the aggressive and the disturbance we are trying to play with them at the defensive end [paid off]. "
It was part of the recipe for one of the most unlikely games that the Raptors ever played in Oracle Arena during the last season, the Warriors will play here before going for more amazing hedgerows in San Francisco.
They shut down Curri. They close everyone. They sent a message that was hard to ignore and it will not be forgotten.