Curry back in Warriors' starting lineup against Raptors

LeBron James

LeBron James

This was the kind of game and backdrop when Kyle Lowry was needed, but the Raptors' starting point guard continues to be sidelined with a bruised tailbone. Curry was fouled and sealed it with a pair of free throws before VanVleet hit a buzzer-beating 3. After a video review, Golden State was awarded possession with three seconds left.

Curry scored 24 points, Durant had 25 and Klay Thompson added 26 on 11-of-16 shooting.

The defending-champion Warriors (league-best 35-9 record) earned their NBA-leading 19th road win and eighth straight victory over Toronto (29-12).

The Warriors held a 27-point lead at half-time but Toronto struck back after the interval - and outscored the visitors 36-19 in the fourth.

Curry, who spent part of his childhood in Toronto when his father Dell played for the Raptors, got a massive ovation when he was introduced, but looked a tad rusty early following his layoff. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 115.7 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 43.6 percent shooting. But there just wasn't enough time as Toronto's rally came up just short in a 127-125 Golden State win.

GOLDEN STATE - Durant 12-20 0-2 26, Green 8-17 4-4 21, Pachulia 4-5 0-0 8, McCaw 3-5 0-0 6, Thompson 4-11 4-4 12, West 4-7 0-0 8, Looney 3-3 3-4 9, Livingston 3-5 0-0 6, Iguodala 0-4 4-4 4, Young 3-3 0-0 8. Curry has now shot at least 50.0 percent in six consecutive games and has also accomplished the feat from three-point range in three of the past six contests. Whether or not that report sides with the Raptors will be of little consolation to Coach Dwane Casey, who called the play "a backbreaker". "It caught us off-guard a little bit but we were able to get back to our defensive mentality of being the aggressor in the fourth quarter".

The return of Curry, who rolled his ankle when he slipped toward the end of shoot-around Wednesday morning, should provide a much-appreciated jolt to a team that is playing less than 24 hours after its 108-94 win over the Bucks. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 of their last 11 home games.

This is the second game of the season between these two teams. One second left to go with the world knowing where the ball was headed: To DeRozan for a game-tying attempt.

"It's just what it feels like, period".

"No sour taste at all", Thompson said of how they won.

"They played great. I give them credit", Kerr said.

DeRozan said the win over Cleveland and second half versus Golden State weren't surprises to the Raptors players.

"The one thing that we know is it's a process", Green said.

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