National Basketball Association games Saturday, scores, highlights, updates: Steph Curry returns vs. Raptors


The were playing their fifth game in eight days, their third game in four days and the second of a back-to-back set.

After coming off a brutal stretch losing nine games in a row (and 12 of their last 13) to fall into last place in the Western Conference, the Lakers have gotten back on track lately.

And the Warriors during that span? Curry's been battling an ankle injury the last couple games after re-spraining it during Wednesday's shootaround. Curry made up for his earlier misses by hitting two free throws with 2.5 seconds left. My jaw didn't drop.

"(It's) what we've known all year", he said.

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. "I don't feel limited out there, but you can just feel it".

"No sour taste at all", Thompson said of how they won. That has helped make them the third-best offense in the National Basketball Association according to offensive rating. But had they never reviewed the play, the ending would have been seamless. "A win is a win, especially on a back-to-back".

Curry had averaged 30.2 points per game in 15 career meetings vs. Toronto heading in, the most by any player, ahead of Allen Iverson (29.7) and LeBron James (27.6). "We didn't think too much, we just went out there and played hard".

While temperatures were frigid outside, the NBA-best Warriors started off white-hot.

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In the first quarter, the Warriors scored 43 points, a display of shotmaking that was second to none. It was the Warriors' biggest half of the season and their first 80-point half away from home since November 2, 1990, at Denver (87 points).

But the wheels fell off in the fourth for Golden State as Toronto slowed the Warriors' roll and closed the gap to one point in the closing moments.

DeRozan needed to score more than 20 points to pass Damon Stoudamire for third in career points-per-game as a Raptor behind Vince Carter (23.4) and Chris Bosh (20.2).

Toronto ranks fourth in points in the paint per game (48.6) while Golden State ranks 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game (46.1).

As things stand, Curry and Durant look like All-Star locks.

"They played great. I give them credit", Kerr said.

"Yeah, I'm going to enjoy it for sure", Randle said.

The Warriors did not make it easy Saturday night, but they still escaped with a 127-125 victory over the Toronto Raptors to secure their 12th consecutive road win.