Raptors Prove They Can Challenge the Warriors Like Few Teams Can


Oracle Arena had won the battle rather handily over the years, but in the final shot at this building - barring a meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Final next May - the Raptors got the last laugh.

Valanciunas, who had six points and seven rebounds in just eight minutes, was hit across both hands by Golden State's Draymond Green while Valanciunas trying to make a move to the basket. Kevin Durant did all he could as he led all scorer with 30 points.

Steph Curry praised the Toronto Raptors for being a well-balanced team following Golden State's 113-93 loss. They also have guys like Serge [Ibaka] and Kyle [Lowry] and Jonas [Valanciunas].

It could have been even worse but the Raptors avoided that scenario when VanVleet, who showed up at the arena with his back in spasms, got things settled down enough to play.

"The last couple of games we have been nearly inefficient offensively", Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said before his team appeared to get back on track against the Suns. We knew it was going to be a challenge for us and I thought that Kyle did a phenomenal job leading the team. "He was probably frustrated he wasn't making shots, but that comes and goes, and he's right back where we want him, and where we need him to be". The Warriors fell to 0-5 this season when held under 100 points. They're expected to take the King down each and every year, and for all but one year, they've done it.

Curry scored 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. "We kept going, kept going, and I think that kind of helped us".

The Clippers endured their biggest loss of the season against the NBA's best team (22-7). "It's harder to get up for each game".

Kawhi Leonard didn't play last night on the road in the Staples Center against the Clippers - his seventh missed game this year.

When Lowry plays like he did the past two nights the Raptors are capable of beating anyone. It's a different feeling, it's a different vibe.

"It is not an excuse it is just reality".

The Clippers will be coming off a grueling 123-119 overtime victory at Phoenix against the lowly Suns on Monday, but taking the floor did allow them the chance to distance themselves a bit from a demoralizing defeat to the Miami Heat on Saturday.