Warriors top Raptors despite blowing 27-point lead

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But the Raptors are a prideful group and credit Toronto for mounting a fight in the third quarter, cutting the Warriors' 27-point halftime lead into single digits and then making it interesting when the Raps cut it to four with 6:30 remaining thanks to a 14-0 run. He returned from a one-game break for rest.

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

Raptors guard Delon Wright, left, drives against Warriors guard. The last time Toronto beat a defending National Basketball Association champion was February 8, 2015 when it got past San Antonio 87-82 at Air Canada Centre. "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 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.

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

Thompson had 20 points as Golden State finished the second on a 10-2 run for a 81-54 half-time lead.

OG Anunoby had 17 points and Serge Ibaka 14 for the Raptors, who rallied from a 19-point deficit through three quarters to make it a one-point game in the fourth.

"It's frustrating being out there feeling like you're playing five-on-eight", DeMar DeRozan said after Toronto's 127-125 loss Saturday.

Casey was also critical of the officiating late in the game, especially when Toronto's Jakob Poeltl was called for fouling Curry with 45 seconds remaining.

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At least with Lowry in the lineup, the Raptors have another scorer and scoring is always demanded when playing the Warriors.

"We had the ball going the other way in that situation so I've got to look at that".

"But the way [we] scrapped in the second half, it blows my mind".

"And I have all the respect in the world for our officials, but when you go in and have that situation, guys fighting their hearts out ... again, maybe they thought we didn't deserve it the way we played in the first half, I don't know".

"It's frustrating", he said.

"It's just what it feels like, period". Golden State comes to Toronto in a back-to-back situation after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 108-94 in Milwaukee on Friday night.

"We used our size and athleticism to put pressure on them", Westbrook said.

But the Raptors, coming off a 34-point win over Cleveland, chipped away constantly in the second half, and had a chance to go ahead in the final minute.

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