Thursday, 13 December, 2018


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Kevin Durant’s 51-point haul still not enough as Raptors down Warriors Warriors, Raptors meet in early showdown
Noah Ferguson | 03 December, 2018, 17:58

Last night's National Basketball Association showdown between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors lived up to the hype and then some, as Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard both posted season-highs in an overtime thriller at Scotiabank Arena, formerly known as the Air Canada Centre.

With his partner-in-crime back in the fray, Durant will no longer have to muster up masterclass performances like he did in the past three games, with 44, 49, and 51 points in consecutive outings. According to Mark Medina of The Mercury News, key personalities from the Warriors such as Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and head coach Steve Kerr couldn't hide their excitement over their sharpshooting point guard's impending return. "It's a building block for us, and I'm happy we got the win".

"I'm always thinking about Craig, especially when we have TNT games", Kerr said. With 564,000 viewers on TSN, it was the most-watched regular season Raptors game ever for a Canadian specialty network.

When you come up short in a game but can take the focus away from the team that beat you for the first time in over four years and now holds the best record in the league, that can surely be chalked up as a small victory.

But the two-time MVP is set to return when the Warriors face Detroit Pistons on Sunday. "Obviously, we've been looking forward to getting him back". Additionally, the absence of Draymond Green who is still dealing with a toe injury also works in favour of the Raptors.

There was the three-pointer from the corner with 8.6 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. "We need that. It's going to keep happening".

"He's right now entering the point where we can finally say, 'All right, is it time?'" Kerr said. In a post-game interview, Durant admitted that Drake "talks a lot of trash".

Toronto has now won seven straight games.

While Golden State is an extremely hard team to maintain a big lead against, it is becoming a concerning trend for Toronto to let teams back in, as Detroit, Orlando and Miami have all chipped away at big deficits to make things interesting down the stretch. But he's approached the form of his dominant 2016-17 season in those 16 contests, averaging 24.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.

Moving forward, the Raptors can and will improve upon the ways in which they play with a lead provided they learn from common themes in the games in which leads were cut into. "He's just such a part of the history of this game and a good friend, and we miss him".

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