Curry, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, is expected to rejoin the Warriors for their road game in Detroit this Saturday. This has been billed as a potential NBA Finals preview as both are top teams in their respective conference.
Thursday's game between the Raptors and Warriors looked a lot like the last time Kawhi Leonard played the Warriors early on. But it stoked belief in the idea that the Raptors could make their first NBA Finals and stand in the way of the Dubs repeating as champs.
So she wrote him a letter. Leonard scored 22 points in the first two quarters, a season high for any half.
Toronto luminaries dotted the audience for the matchup between the National Basketball Association powerhouses, from Drake to Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock. The Spurs lost that game and Leonard for the series, and were eventually swept, causing many to wonder what might have been.
The night had a post-season buzz, and the fans stood for the extra period, erupting when Green knocked down a three with 2:07 to play to put Toronto up by three.
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Adding to the intrigue is Kevin Durant has been on fire for the Warriors lately with an average of 41.7 points in his last three games, including a 49-point showing against the Orlando Magic in his last outing. He had 13 points in the opening quarter to help the home team build a 38-25 lead.
Leonard, and Danny Green shared lots of insights with the Raps from their experiences in San Antonio taking on the Warriors.
In what should've been Kawhi's night to bask in all on his own, some dude named Durant had other plans, matching Leonard's season-high and raising him a game-high in points while shoving an egregious 51 down the Raptors' throats and nearly single-handedly stealing one for the ailing Warriors, who were without Steph Curry and Draymond Green. That included a cold-blooded 32-foot three-point dagger to close the quarter that flipped a comfy Raps lead into an uneasy eight-point one.
Leonard went into the game a ideal 6-for-6 in the regular season and playoffs against Golden State since the 2014-15 season, averaging 20.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Five other Raptors scored in double digits, including Siakam, who had 26 points, and Lowry who had 10 points and 12 assists.