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10-0 run leads to Warriors win over Raptors? More like 0-10 run as defense shines

10-0 run leads to Warriors win over Raptors? More like 0-10 run as defense shines

OAKLAND -- The common description will be that the Warriors rode a 10-0 game-ending run to overtake the Raptors and walk out of Oracle Arena with a 117-112victory Wednesday night.

Though the common description isn’t wrong, it doesn’t capture the essence of what took place over the final two minutes.

This might be better described as a 0-10 run, however, because it was the defense that showed up when the Warriors desperately needed something, anything, to save them from defeat.

A Kevin Durant turnover that could have been disastrous instead leads to Toronto’s Jakob Poeltl getting his shot blocked at the rim by Draymond Green, with Klay Thompson coming away with the loose ball.

One stop.

That leads to a Klay Thompson layup that slices the deficit to three, 112-109, with 1:28 remaining.

Toronto’s next possession ends when Kyle Lowry is pressured into missing a 14-foot jumper, with Green grabbing the rebound.

Two stops.

Green finds Durant, who walks into a 3-pointer from the left wing -- reminiscent of the unforgettable decisive shot in Game 3 of the NBA Finals -- tying the score at 112-112 with 1:02 left and forcing a Raptors timeout.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan comes out of the timeout and misses a 16-footer that is rebounded by Durant with 46.1 seconds remaining.

Three stops.

That leads to Durant finding Curry for a 3-pointer from three feet beyond the top of the arc that swishes through for a 115-112 lead with 32.1 seconds left, sending a small earthquake through Oracle Arena.

The Raptors still have a chance to come back a retake what they had in their hands a little more than a minute earlier. They had fought so hard, and so well, in snuffing out an 11-point Warriors lead earlier in the fourth quarter.

The ball again goes to Lowry, who misses again -- because Thompson blocks his shot with 16.1 seconds remaining.

Four stops. And now Toronto is desperate.

Poeltl fouls Curry with 5.1 seconds remaining. Curry makes two free throws to seal the victory.

“We just kept our composure,” Curry said. “KD hits a big shot; we’ve seen that before. He finds me for an open 3. I knock it down. And the defense we played, especially Draymond and Klay, down the stretch, the last three possessions, was huge.”

Check the highlights. You’ll see Durant’s game-tying trey. You’ll see Curry’s triple that puts the Warriors in the lead. You might even see Curry’s missed dunk that didn’t count because it came after the Poeltl foul.

You may -- or may not -- see the work that generated all of it.

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry may have finished in last place at the Ellie Mae Classic last week, but that didn't stop him from doing something thoughtful for a player on the Web.com Tour.

During a press conference after he finished the second round at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Curry revealed that he made a $25,000 donation to the GoFundMe page for Jenn Harrington, the wife of Web.com Tour player Scott Harrington, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"I was made aware of Scott Harrington, who is a professional Web.com Tour (player), who has taken a leave (of absence) to be with his wife who is battling cancer. I can't put into words the thoughts and feelings around what their family is going through. I had a chance to talk to him on the phone this morning and let him know that as part of my participation in the tournament this year, that I was going to donate $25,000 to the GoFundMe page that's there to support his family as his wife is battling. The Ellie Mae Tournament is donating $15,000 as well," Curry told reporters in Hayward last week.

According to the Harrington's GoFundMe page, here's what Jenn has had to endure:

"In August of 2017, Jenn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, then deemed free and clear in December of the same year. On May 11, 2018, doctors informed her the cancer had returned, and that Jenn would have to endure an intense chemotherapy program for two to three months, eventually undergoing a bone marrow transplant to hopefully rid herself of the cancer for good. In turn, Scott has applied for a Special Medical/Family Crisis Extension from the Web.com Tour so that he can be with Jenn during her courageous battle, putting his chase for a PGA TOUR card on hold to be with her."

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

You already know some specifics about how DeMarcus Cousins ended up signing with the Warriors.

But there is more to the story.

Over the weekend, Golden State GM Bob Myers discussed how it all went down and what he was thinking as he spoke with Cousins' agent, Jarinn Akana.

"It was early in the morning -- I spoke to his agent. We had been preserving our taxpayer mid-level exception for somebody that might fall through the cracks and not get paid in a very tight free agency market," Myers explained to Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game. "But mostly we were thinking wings. I figured if something like that were to happen it would happen July 8th, 9th, 10th.

"But we got the call and I just said, 'Look. We don't have anything more,' because we've talked about other high-level free agents and the thought from their agent was, 'Can you do a sign-and-trade? Can you get to a bigger number?' And I kind of said, 'Look, our roster is what it is. To move that many pieces around, to create $10 million in room, or $15 (million), it's just prohibitive, I don't want to waste your time.'

"So I thought that's where the conversation was going ... and I said to him, 'We don't have the money that you're probably commanding out there.' And this is the moment it became real -- he said, 'We understand what you have.' And I said, 'Well we only have the taxpayer mid-level.' And then when he said, 'I know,' that's when I knew it was real.

"They were very serious about it and they never really wavered."

Cousins will make $5,337,000 next season and become an unrestricted free agent next July.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller