Final Score: Golden State 112, Toronto 103
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Stephen Curry poured in 27 points and 10
assists, Klay Thompson netted 22 points and the Golden State Warriors
outscored the Toronto Raptors 42-15 in the fourth quarter en route to an
improbable 112-103 win.
Harrison Barnes scored 19 points, while David Lee added 18 points and eight
rebounds for the Warriors.
DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors with 26 points, Kyle Lowry scored 20 points
with nine assists, and Rudy Gay tallied 18 points in the brutal setback.
"We were bad on both sides of the basketball but I am extremely proud of my
basketball team," said Golden State head coach Marc Jackson. "This being my
third year here, there hasn't been a bigger win in regards to statement. Those
guys in the second half were incredible and in the fourth quarter
Toronto built its lead to as many as 27 in the second half after a Lowry
jumper at 9:20 of the third.
The comeback was on from there, as the Warriors outscored Toronto 64-28 over
the final 21:03 and secured the seventh largest comeback in NBA history.
Midway through the fourth, Curry hit a running jumper and a free throw to
convert the three-point play to cut the deficit to 97-92.
After a pair of free throws from Gay, Thompson knocked down one of his four
threes in the final stanza. Curry followed with a 3-pointer from the far
corner to cut the deficit to one, 99-98, with 3:48 to play.
Draymond Green missed a 3-pointer that would have given the Warriors their
first lead since 12 seconds into the contest, but Jermaine O'Neal kept it
alive with a pivotal offensive rebound.
O'Neal whipped it to Thompson at the top of the key, who swung it to Curry on
the wing. As Tyler Hansbrough closed out on the play, Curry dribbled to his
left and buried a triple as Oracle Arena proceeded to erupt.
DeRozan tied the game, 101-101, after a tough layup, but Thompson hit his
fourth 3-pointer of the quarter with 2:28 to play.
The Warriors led 106-103 with 47.2 seconds left when Barnes joined the party
and hit a three from the wing that all but sealed it for Golden State.
"It's one of those where they started hitting the 3 in the third quarter and
we couldn't turn the water off," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "We did an
excellent job in the first three quarters and then we couldn't score in the
Terrence Ross tipped in a Gay miss with 2:49 left in the first which was the
first bucket of a 15-2 run to end the quarter. Lowry had seven points during
the spurt, including a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left, that helped the
Raptors to a 36-19 lead after 12 minutes.
Golden State cut the deficit to single digits after a pair of free throws from
Barnes with 3:47 left in the second. The Raptors, however, ended the second
stanza on a 17-9 run to take a 65-48 lead into the break.
Golden State shot 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) from the field in the fourth
quarter, including 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) from beyond the arc ... Toronto,
however, shot 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) overall and 1-of-7 (14.3) from three in
the final quarter ... O'Neal finished with 11 points and eight rebounds off
the bench ... Golden State will travel to Houston with a matchup against the
Rockets on Friday ... Toronto will continue its road trip against Phoenix on
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