Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) high fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) after his lay up during fourth half of an NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Durant and Curry lead late burst to salvage win

OAKLAND — With just over a minute left on the clock and the Golden State Warriors trailing by three, Kevin Durant floated down the court, pulled up at the 3-point line and drained the 26-footer over the top of Serge Ibaka.

One trip down the floor later, it was Stephen Curry’s turn to splash the long-range effort and ice the Warriors 117-112 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

Throughout the evening, the Raptors refused to go away quietly, initially stealing away the lead, 104-103, at the 6:01 mark in the fourth quarter. The Warriors ended up closing the game on a 10-0 run to dispatch Toronto.

After the Raptors had cut the deficit to a couple of points at the 5:25 mark in the third, the Warriors escaped the quarter with a 91-85 lead. Curry kept the Warriors afloat late in the fame, connecting on a trio of 3-pointers.

The Warriors and the Raptors traded leads for much of the opening half before opening up an eight-point advantage late in the second quarter, carrying a 61-53 lead into the locker room.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) high fives Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) after his lay up during fourth half of an NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Thompson hit each of his first four triples on the night, closing the half with a game-high 18 points.

Beginning with Wednesday’s win over the Raptors, Thompson, will be donating $1,000 for every point he scores during the three-game homestand to wildfire relief efforts.

Thompson dropped 22 points, good for a $22,000 start to his charity push.

“I think it’s awesome,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “I think it shows Klay’s commitment to our community, his awareness.”

“I think all of our guys do such a good job being aware of helping people around them and it’s a great gesture.”

‘Horrible’ defense

Five games in, Draymond Green offered a characteristically blunt assessment of the Golden State defense.

“Our defense has been horrible,” Green declared.

Absent McGee

JaVale McGee, who’d appeared in three of the club’s first four games, was inactive against the Raptors.

Swaggy DNP

Nick Young drew remained anchored to the bench, drawing his first “Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision” as a Warrior. Omri Casspi and Kevon Looney also earned DNPs.

kbuscheck@sfexaminer.comDraymond GreenGolden State Warriorsjordan bellKevin DurantKlay ThompsonNBAStephen CurrySteve KerrToronto Raptors

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

 

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a three pointer during first half of an NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots a three pointer during second half of an NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Just Posted

A lab worker from the Medical Examiner’s Office was arrested with an evidence bag of methamphetamine in August. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Audit over lab worker meth arrest finds medical examiner is missing drugs

An audit of the Medical Examiner’s Office prompted by the arrest of… Continue reading

City officials argue that the dominance of a few third-party delivery services gives them disproportionate leverage against restaurants. (Courtesy photo)
Cap on food delivery app fees may remain until indoor dining allowed at full capacity

Proposal seen as financial relief for restaurants struggling in pandemic

A voting station will be open in Portsmouth Square in Chinatown from Oct. 31 until Nov. 3 to let residents drop off ballots and provide assistance to SRO residents. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Chinatown voting station to help SRO residents make their voices heard

In a bid to boost voting access for single-room-occupancy tenants in Chinatown,… Continue reading

Public observation pier at the new Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline.
New regional park officially opens next to Bay Bridge toll plaza

The East Bay Regional Park District opened a new shoreline park Wednesday,… Continue reading

Most Read