The Warriors were unable to recover from a 14-2 Raptors run in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 104-98 loss in Toronto. Stephen Curry had a game-high 34 points and seven assists and David Lee had 20 points and 11 boards, but it wasn’t enough on a day that the Warriors shot just 42.0 percent from the field. Down seven with five minutes left in the game, the Warriors fought back and had a chance to tie or take the lead, but a missed 3-pointer followed by three straight turnovers proved to be the difference. The Warriors were out-scored 29-20 in the fourth quarter and fall to 2-2 on the road trip, which will continue on Tuesday against the Pacers.
On today's game:
“A disappointing loss, I thought we played very well. With eight minutes and change, call a timeout and coming out of the timeout they go on an 11-0 run. We don’t take care of the basketball down the stretch. Little things like that are going to cost you and they certainly cost us tonight. ”
On the difference in today's game:
“Well DeRozan (DeMar) made some tough shots. Patterson (Patrick) made some three’s, you talk about being a stretch four but I thought we did a good job. We didn’t close out possessions; Lowry (Kyle) gets a huge offensive rebound after a big time stop. Just a bad loss for us. That’s a good team, well coached team enjoying a very good year but a bad loss for us.”
On today's game:
“Give them credit they hit some shots down the stretch. We had a few turnovers down the stretch. I just thought that their energy was better than ours in the fourth quarter. That’s the tough part about playing on the road, we weren’t able to get this one.”
On what happened down the stretch:
“Well I think we didn’t get into what we needed to offensively and they made a couple good plays defensively. For whatever reason, we got to get up shots and at least give ourselves a chance by putting one up rather than having turnovers. Those are very costly especially down the stretch.”
On the rest of the road trip:
“It’s going to be very important to get those wins. We know the next two will be tough and that’s a part of playing on the road. They are going to be very important games for us.”
On today's game:
“I think two defensive lapses, where they got easy buckets in under five minutes and then turnovers. We just lost our composure on the offensive end a little bit and just didn’t play solid enough on either end. In the last five minutes we had a five point lead with eight minutes left and they went on a 11-0 run and we didn’t have an answer for it.”
On the team's turnovers:
“Obviously we put ourselves behind the eight ball. A couple of them, I stepped on the out of bounds line, overshot Steve (Blake) by a hair, he just missed a pass, the ball bounces off my foot on the dribble, the fact that they just came one after another made it tough. It’s very frustrating.”
On the rest of the road trip:
“2-0. That’s the only thing we can worry about at this point. 2-0, go four and two on the trip and we’re good. That’s the mission. Obviously Indiana is a tough place to win a game so is Boston. We got our work cut out for us but we’re committed to that task.”
GOING NORTH OF THE BORDER
The Warriors have won five of their six games since the All-Star Break and they will look to keep the momentum rolling as they make this season’s lone foray into Canada to face the Raptors on Sunday. The matinee, which will have an early 1 p.m. tipoff time, will close out the two-game season series between Golden State and Toronto. The Warriors won the first matchup in memorable fashion, as they came back from a 27-point deficit and out-scored the Raptors 42-15 in the fourth quarter. It probably won’t be wise to spot the Raptors another large lead, as they will likely head into Sunday’s game with a chip on their collective shoulder.
LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry didn’t get 54 points like he did last year at Madison Square Garden, but he did get a triple-double in Friday’s 126-103 road win over the Knicks. Curry had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and he did not play in the fourth quarter. The All-Star guard knocked down five 3-pointers, as did fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who finished with 25 points. The Warriors built a big lead early and maintained the double digit advantage throughout, shooting better than 50 percent for the majority of the game. GAME RECAP
One of the most encouraging signs of Friday’s win over the Knicks was the fact that Curry and Thompson each had it going. It was the first time since February 6 that each player scored 20-plus points, and a lot of their scoring was done in transition. Curry and Thompson make up the highest scoring backcourt duo in the NBA, and their matchup with Toronto’s guards will certainly be worth watching. Curry is coming off the fourth triple-double of his career, and the Warriors will certainly benefit if Thompson can boost his scoring output after having just two 20-point games in all of February.
The Warriors currently occupy the sixth spot in the Western Conference, and one of the big reasons for that success has been the team’s performance on the road. The Dubs have won 12 of their last 16 road games and are tied with Portland for the third most road wins in the West. In fact, the Warriors have as many road wins as they do at home, and they’ll need to maintain that high level of play away from home if they want to maintain or improve their standing in the conference. That will certainly be a challenge in the near future, as each of the next two games on this trip is against a top-three team in the East.
TORONTO SCOUTING REPORT
Most NBA observers would agree that the Eastern Conference is a two-horse race between Miami and Indiana, and the Raptors certainly have a legitimate claim to be the best of the rest. Although they lost a triple overtime heartbreaker to the Wizards on Thursday, Toronto had won six of their previous seven games. Their greatest strength is in their backcourt. DeMar DeRozan was a first-time All-Star this year and many feel that Kyle Lowry should have joined him in New Orleans. The duo averages nearly 40 points a game, and the Warriors will certainly need to limit their effectiveness if they want to return to the States with another win in tow.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.