It was a weird night for Golden State, but the night ended in a win against the Raptors, 106-105. Stephen Curry missed a career worst 14 shots in a row, but the Warriors supporting cast maintained a double digit lead for much of the game.
But the Raptors kept chipping away. They took a late lead but Damion Lee forced a foul with just seconds remaining, his team down a point, and hit two free throws. Pascal Siakam missed a potential game-winner and the Warriors are 6-4.
Here’s how Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle put it
Andrew Wiggins paced the Warriors with 17 points, while Curry had 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five turnovers. He shot 2 for 16 overall and 1 for 10 from 3-point land.
Lee had the game-winning free throws, and he also had 13 points in 15 minutes, including 3 for 6 on 3-pointers. It wasn’t the first time he’s won a game, as The Athletic’s Anthony Slater noted.
Draymond Green also stepped up during Steph’s off-night. He tallied 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Eric Paschall stayed hot, with 15 points in 19 minutes, on 5 for 10 shooting.
It’s a huge step forward for the Warriors to win a game when Curry struggled so mightily. He had some open shots despite the usual extra attention, but he couldn’t hit. Nobody panicked, however, and the Dubs got the dub.
Postgame, coach Steve Kerr credited his team’s defense. I love that the defense continues to be his focus. Here’s the last defensive play of the game, Siakam’s miss.
Bonus coverage: Curry’s night was historic for the franchise as well, according to ESPN. Curious that his Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, is also in the below dubious list, as are modern favorites, Baron Davis and David Lee.
And in our James Wiseman watch, he had a strong game, with 10 points and seven rebounds in just 17 minutes. He didn’t see much action, but he looked great when he was out there. Kerr would probably face more questions about that if the Warriors lost.
I mean, check this out:
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