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.

Warriors offer $100 monthly pass at Oracle Arena with no view of court


Warriors offer $100 monthly pass at Oracle Arena with no view of court

The Warriors clearly want fans in Oracle Arena. Watching the game is a different story, though.

On Monday, the Warriors sent an email to fans offering a monthly "In The Building Pass," according to ESPN. The pass gets you into Oracle Arena for every home game at $100 per month.

There's a catch, though, and it's a big one. The mobile pass doesn't include a seat, or any view of the actual court. It will grant you access to Oracle Arena bars and restaurants, and fans can watch the game on TVs in the club area.

It's believed this is the first time a professional sports team is offering access to fans to be in the building for home games, yet they actually can't watch the game with a view of the court.

The Warriors will play in front of a sold-out home crowd for the 300th consecutive game Tuesday when they host the Hawks. Both of the Warriors' two losses this season have come at home.

NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony's reps reaching out to other teams


NBA Rumors: Carmelo Anthony's reps reaching out to other teams

If he had his way, Carmelo Anthony would suit up for the Houston Rockets against the Warriors Thursday. But Anthony and the Rockets are not discussing a return, and his representatives reached out to other NBA teams Monday in an effort to find a possible landing spot, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. 

Anthony missed the last two games with an "illness," and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Sunday that the Rockets were not planning to release the 34-year-old. But Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has reportedly moved on, and plans to replace Anthony's minutes with rookie Gary Clark beginning Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets, according to Wojnarowski. Anthony will remain away from the Rockets. 

In 10 games with the Rockets, Anthony averaged 13.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting -- 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. Houston was also much better with Anthony off the court than on it. 

Anthony may not play against the Warriors on Thursday, but whether or not he has a new team by then is another question entirely. Wojnarowski wrote that "Anthony's best short-term course of action could be to exercise patience" as teams are hesitant to make roster moves early in the season.