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.
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.”
Five games in, Draymond Green offered a characteristically blunt assessment of the Golden State defense.
“Our defense has been horrible,” Green declared.
JaVale McGee, who’d appeared in three of the club’s first four games, was inactive against the Raptors.
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.