After flawless first half, Warriors barely hold off Raptors, extend road streak to 12
The Warriors played their most productive half of the season Saturday but had to hold on after intermission for a 127-125 win over the irrepressible Raptors at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, with Klay Thompson totaling a team-high 26 and Kevin Durant putting in 25, including a clutch jumper with 21.9 seconds remaining. Stephen Curry, returning to the lineup after a two-game absence, had 24, including a pair of free throws with two seconds left.
Winning their 12th consecutive road game, the Warriors (35-9) scored 81 points in the first half on 71.1-percent shooting to build enough of a cushion to fight off a feverish Toronto rally.
The Warriors led by as much as 27 points but tailed off in the second half.
Others scored more points, but Green used his energy and presence to put his fingerprints all over most aspects of this game.
Green’s line: 14 points (5-of-10 shooting from the field, including 2-of-6 from deep, 2-of-2 from the line), eight rebounds, three rebounds and a block. He played 38 minutes and finished a team-best plus-24.
After two DeMar DeRozan brought Toronto within one, 34-33, with 1:54 left in the first quarter, the Warriors answered with a 25-4 run that lasted deep into the second quarter, taking a 59-37 lead on a Thompson jumper with 7:40 left in the half.
The Warriors shot 71.4 percent (10-of-14) during the run, while holding the Raptors to 2-of-13 shooting and four turnovers.
Behind a furious fourth-quarter rally, Toronto got as close one (123-122, 1:22 remaining) before the Warriors closed it out.
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) was listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Andre Iguodala (hip flexor strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available. F Omri Casspi (back soreness) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out.
Raptors: G Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff.
The Warriors on Sunday will fly to Cleveland, where on Monday they face the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.