Warriors win in the north despite huge rally by Raptors

Bradley Beal added 24 points, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Washington, which needed its first overtime victory of the season to avoid being swept by Brooklyn. Serge Ibaka returns to the lineup after missing the previous game to serve a one-game suspension.

"It happens", Kerr said about Curry's missed free throws.

DeRozan's layup moved Toronto to within 121-119 with 2:08 left but Durant countered to give the Warriors a four-point lead. Saturday marked the first time this season the Raptors lost when DeRozan scored 30 or more points; they had been 11-0 in such games. "I'm glad we got the 'W, ' especially on the second night of a back-to-back". The Warriors controlled the quarter, outscoring the Raptors 38-19 while shooting 71.1 per cent from the field and holding a 22-4 edge in bench points.

After Curry missed two free throws with 45.2 seconds left, Durant's field goal with 21.3 seconds remaining put Golden State ahead 125-122.

But then referee Courtney Kirkland - ironically, working his first Warriors game since butting heads with guard Shaun Livingston in a game at Miami on December 3 - called a foul on Poeltl, who had not only blocked Curry's shot but hit him with plenty of body after doing so.

DeRozan was personally involved in one of the controversial plays, as a ball that was initially called out of bounds off of Warriors star Stephen Curry with one second remaining was instead called off of DeRozan with three seconds remaining following what could be described as a rugby scrum after a crucial jump ball.

"We're not really into moral victories around here so you've got to look and see what you could have done better", VanVleet said. "That (Poeltl call) was a back-breaker". "I've got my little man here, got my wife here, my family". But officials reviewed the play and found DeRozan was out first when the ball touched him with three seconds to go.


The kind of basketball Golden State played was downright spectacular, the kind of play you don't witness very often, the way champions conduct themselves.

"It's just what it feels like, period". They started the trip with an impressive win in Milwaukee last night as Kevin Durant continues to be unstoppable on offense after his return from a calf injury.

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

"They key word is believing", Casey said.

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

"Well we don't know what we're doing".

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