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Warriors show scoring depth as Steph struggles vs. Raptors

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Through the Warriors' first nine games of the season, it was the Steph Curry Show or bust. Golden State was 5-0 when Curry scored at least 30 points, and 0-4 when he fell under that mark. 

That changed Sunday night in the Warriors' wild 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center. Curry scored a season-low 11 points while shooting a career-worst 2-for-16 from the field. If you checked Twitter, you might have though Curry was playing like the JV version of himself. But that wasn't the case. 

Shots simply weren't falling for Steph. Instead of forcing bad decisions, however, Curry grabbed nine rebounds, dished six assists and his teammates took advantage. Though he barely cracked double digits, Curry was the only starter to have a positive plus-minus at plus-seven. 

As the Raptors bum-rushed Curry, his teammates found ways to exploit Toronto's defense. Led by Andrew Wiggins' 17, seven Warriors scored in double figures in the win. Curry and Wiggins were joined by Eric Paschall (15), Damion Lee (13), Kelly Oubre Jr. (12), Draymond Green (10) and James Wiseman (10). Kent Bazemore was just behind with nine points. 

Curry has been great this season. Even after his one off-night, Curry still is averaging 28.6 points per game, which is the second-highest of his career. With Klay Thompson out for the year, teams will pick up Curry the moment he crosses halfcourt. They'll double and triple-team him. They'll force other players to beat them. 

 

On Sunday night, Golden State's secondary scorers did just that. 

It's clear the Warriors have been a different team since Green stepped on the floor. They're now 4-2 in games that he has played in. Much of that has to do with his energy and defensive prowess. In Golden State's win over Toronto, Draymond showcased another positive development: He nailed two of the three 3-pointers he took, his first game this season with multiple triples.

And then there's Wiggins. For all the frustrations Warriors fans had early this season with Wiggins, the 6-foot-7 wing is showing exactly what the Warriors saw in him when they acquired the former top pick last season. Wiggins has continued to improve defensively, and he might be the No. 2 option they need on offense.

Wiggins now is averaging 17.5 points per game, and is shooting a career-high 38.5 percent from 3-point range. In the Warriors' six wins this season, he's averaging 19.3 points and shooting 45.7 percent from the field. Golden State will take that every day of the week. 

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Curry still is the Warriors' offense, as he should be. He is going to have to average near 30 points for this team to compete this year. Nights like Sunday will happen, though. 

It wasn't easy, it wasn't pretty but the Warriors proved they can win when the greatest shooter this game has seen can't get the ball through the net. Strength in numbers? Steve Kerr sure hopes so.

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