Instant Replay: Warriors hold off Raptors, extend regular-season streak

Instant Replay: Warriors hold off Raptors, extend regular-season streak


OAKLAND – The streak continues for the Warriors.

Their 121-111 win over Toronto on Wednesday, coming after a loss to Cleveland on Christmas Day, means the Warriors have gone 119 consecutive regular-season games without taking back-to-back losses.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry, who totaled 28 points. Kevin Durant finished with 22 points, Klay Thompson with 21, Draymond Green 14 and Andre Iguodala 11.

This was a profoundly uneven performance by the Warriors (28-5), as they committed 20 turnovers, off which Toronto scored 26 points. Still, they extended their home win streak over the Raptors to 12 games, dating back to Feb. 8, 2004.

The Warriors shot 58.8 percent – 69 percent through the first three quarters – while limiting the Raptors to 38.8 percent from the field.

Toronto fell to 22-9 despite the efforts of DeMar DeRozan (29 points), Kyle Lowry (27) and Terrence Ross (24).

All four All-Stars did their part, as did Iguodala, but no one put his fingerprints on the game in more ways than Durant.

Durant’s line: 22 points (8-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-5 from deep, 3-of-5 from the line), a season-high 17 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots. He played 38 minutes and finished plus-21.

Though the Warriors sprinted out to a 42-17 lead after one quarter, and when Toronto rallied to get within five (56-51, 2:56 left in the second quarter) the Warriors closed with a 16-4 run for a 72-55 lead at the half.

The Raptors got as close as five (114-109, 3:01 remaining) in the second half before the Warriors closed it out down the stretch.

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones and F James Michael McAdoo were healthy inactives.

Raptors: F Jared Sullinger (L foot surgery) and G Delon Wright (R shoulder surgery) were listed as out and placed on the inactive list.

The Warriors return to action Friday at Oracle Arena, where they face the Dallas Mavericks. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Curry's injury all but assures Cook's spot on playoff roster

Curry's injury all but assures Cook's spot on playoff roster

OAKLAND -- Welcome to the NBA playoffs, Quinn Cook.

Any question about whether the Warriors would add Cook to their postseason roster was clarified Saturday when an MRI test on Stephen Curry’s left knee revealed a Grade 2 MCL sprain.

Curry will be reevaluated in three weeks, which coincides with the beginning of the playoffs. It’s conceivable he will be out six weeks, in which case he would miss the entire first round and, should the Warriors advance, part of the second round.

The Warriors wouldn’t dare go into the playoffs with Shaun Livingston, the primary backup to Curry for four seasons, as the only designated point guard on the roster.

So the defending champs will turn to Cook, who was waived by lowly Atlanta last Oct. 13, four days later signed a two-way contract with the Warriors, and spent most of the past five months toiling away with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Cook’s value has been rising in recent weeks, though, as he has proved capable of producing at the NBA level. He’s the only member of the Warriors to score in double figures in each of the last five games, averaging 19.8 points, on 55.7-percent shooting, including 50 percent from deep, during that stretch.

He’s not Curry -- nobody is -- but Cook has been a terrific fill-in.

“We all love him,” Kerr said. “He’s a wonderful teammate. He’s not only a hell of a player, but the gets it. He’s a worker. He brings this great life and intelligence to the group, so he’s a big part of what we’re doing.”

Neither Kerr nor general manager Bob Myers has given any indication if they plan to add Cook to the roster. For Cook to be eligible for the postseason, the Warriors must pull him off his two-way deal and sign him to a standard NBA contract by April 11. The playoff roster must be submitted to the league by noon on April 13.

Under no circumstances can Cook be added without one of the 15 players currently under an NBA contact being released.

Meanwhile, Kerr and Myers have given every indication that they love, love, love the way Cook has responded to a need in the absence of Curry.

“He’s been great,” Myers told 95.7 FM The Game this week. “He’s been great all year, with the G-League as well. We actually targeted him as our two-way guys.”

Myers added another line that is significant: “It’s hard to find fault with Quinn as a human being.”

That testimony to Cook’s character matters because the Warriors are big on having players that fit into their culture. Cook, who turned 25 on Friday, has been a seamless fit.

Cook, for his part, credits at least a part of his success to the tutelage of Curry. The two became acquainted back in 2011, when Cook was a freshman at Duke and Seth Curry was a junior. Due to the lockout, the NBA season didn’t start until December, allowing Stephen Curry some time to hang around the college.

“It’s not like you’re always seeking him,” Cook said. “He seeks you. He knows that we all want to learn. He knows that he is where we want to get to, individually.

“When I got here, he took me under his wing. We developed a great relationship before, but now it’s even greater.”

Curry spends time going over game plans with Cook. They talk strategy. It’s an example of Curry’s leadership that he donates himself to a player who was signed mostly to play in the G-League and be available, if needed, for NBA games.

It’s too much to ask Cook to mimic Curry. It’s not too much to believe Cook can help the Warriors in the postseason, even if Curry is healthy.

With Curry out, and Livingston always on a minutes restriction -- any more than the mid-20s is a danger zone -- Cook is essential.

Curry out at least three weeks with Grade 2 MCL sprain

Curry out at least three weeks with Grade 2 MCL sprain

Stephen Curry will be reevaluated in three weeks after an MRI on Saturday revealed that the Warriors point guard suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his left MCL, the Warriors announced on Saturday. 

Curry sprained his left MCL with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter of Friday night's win over the Atlanta Hawks. Teammate JaVale McGee landed awkwardly on the two-time MVP's left leg, and Curry limped to the bench. He then headed to the locker room where he received further treatment, and did not return. 

Curry has missed 21 of the team’s 71 games this season. Before Friday, he missed the previous six games after spraining his right ankle against the San Antonio Spurs on March 2. 

Back-to-back ankle and knee injuries previously dogged Curry in the 2016 postseason. In his first game back from a right ankle sprain in the first round against the Houston Rockets, Curry suffered a Grade 1 right MCL sprain, and missed the next four games.