Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Warriors star Stephen Curry to return from 11-game absence Saturday

Warriors star Stephen Curry to return from 11-game absence Saturday

But like last season's game between the Raptors and Warriors in Toronto, Kevin Durant was eager to ruin Drake's night.

A pair of former Finals MVP's and future Hall of Famers delivered an epic on-court battle as two of the NBA's best teams and players hooked up for a potential NBA Finals preview on Thursday. Sure, it could show us what we already know about the Raptors - that they're a real title contender - or on the flip side, what we already know about the Warriors without Curry-Green-Cousins - that KD and Klay can score like insane, so much so that they can beat even the best National Basketball Association teams in one game just by running up the numbers.

With Leonard getting any shot he wanted off isolations while also tormenting Golden State on defense in a way only he can, the Raptors built a lead as large as 18.

So she wrote him a letter.

The night had a post-season buzz, and the fans stood for the extra period, erupting when Green knocked down a three with 2:07 to play to put Toronto up by three.

It was the first time Durant and Leonard met in a regular-season game since the 2016-17 season opener. But the Raptors clawed their way back and when Green drilled a three-pointer with 4:42 to play, it capped an 8-0 run that put Toronto back up by 10, prompting a deafening roar from the Scotiabank Arena crowd that included Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, Drake, and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. The Spurs lost that game and Leonard for the series, and were eventually swept, causing many to wonder what might have been. As evidenced by their record when leading after one, the Raptors' starting unit has a big hand in dictating the direction in which games will go.

"My ears were open this morning during the film session, they were very talkative, informative", Nurse said.

Toronto scored an opponent-high 38 first quarter points. Pascal Siakam breezed past Andre Iguodala for a thundering dunk. Then Leonard and Lowry hit another gear. Golden State coach Steve Kerr leaped to his feet in need of a timeout to reset his Warriors just five minutes into the game.

Durant, oozing cool confidence and craftiness, pumped in 18 points in the third quarter. Durant seemingly had an answer for each run made by the Raptors and kept the Warriors within striking distance despite being shorthanded.

Klay Thompson added 23 points and has now scored 20-or-more points in 13 of the last 14 contests.

The Raptors fly to Cleveland on Friday for a Saturday night meeting with the Cavaliers.

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