Dubs Reactions: Warriors 125, Raptors 118
|David Lee, PF 36 MIN | 12-21 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | +7Lee rolled hard to the basket for catches and scores and also scored on the block. But as usual, he was nearly unstoppable around the rim and also did a decent job on the boards. His defense left much to be desired at times and there were instances where he tracked the ball in the air and completely failed to box out his man, which led to second chance opportunities.|
|Harrison Barnes, SF 22 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -7Barnes waited for his opportunities to come to him offensively and took advantage of the few he got. Defensively though he allowed Gay to get pretty much whatever shot he wanted.|
|Andrew Bogut, C 30 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +2Bogut was active in the contest and fought off big men on the interior. He committed his fair share of fouls and looked a little uncomfortable with the ball when pressed to shoot it.|
|Stephen Curry, PG 42 MIN | 8-16 FG | 8-8 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 26 PTS | +1Curry was a little sloppy with the ball, but that’s the only possible criticism of his game tonight. He fed teammates and ran the offense but more importantly when the Warriors needed big baskets to keep the Raptors at bay, it was all him.|
|Klay Thompson, SG 28 MIN | 8-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +9Klay struggled defensively due to foul trouble but otherwise he was a pain for the Raptors with his long-range shooting. The Dubs looked as though they were headed for a tough fourth quarter finish where they would need to dig themselves out of a hole, but Thompson never allowed that to happen thanks to his shooting early in the fourth to erase the deficit his team faced.|
Four Things We Saw
- The defensive effort that led to the Dubs’ four-game losing streak showed up tonight. Toronto scored 118 points, converted 9-of-26 shots from downtown (most of the misses came late in the game with the Raps chucking up long-range jumpers) and also 27-of-35 free throws.
- The Golden State frontcourt has seen better days. They surrendered 19 offensive rebounds as well as 48 points in the paint.
- Andrea Bargnani was a stud tonight. No matter what the Warriors sent his way, it just didn’t seem to matter. Bargs made shots outside, inside and from mid-range. He tortured Mark Jackson’s defense and opened up driving lanes for all of his teammates.
- The losing streak is finally over. Golden State now has 15 home games left and is the proud owner of their playoff destiny.
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