Klay Thompson scored 21 points against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. He added 29 more against the Mavs on Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Hot start is enough for Warriors to beat Raptors

OAKLAND — With the Golden State Warriors commanding a 16-4 lead less than four minutes into the first quarter on Wednesday night, Stephen Curry dribbled up the floor, and as he hit midcourt, pointed to a spot on the floor several feet beyond the 3-point arc.

A few dribbles later, Curry pulled up and splashed in a 27-footer. During the opening quarter of the Warriors’ 121-111 win over the Toronto Raptors, the team dropped 42 points on their guests.

“[We had] a lot of energy to start the game. The ball was moving beautifully. Our defense was flying around and that’s what got us that huge first-quarter lead,” head coach Steve Kerr said after his team pushed its record to 28-5. “And we needed it. We needed all of it, it turned out.”

Despite that explosive opening act, the Raptors refused to go away. Toronto began the second quarter on a 34-14 run, cutting the Warriors’ advantage to five points with just under three minutes to go in the half. The Warriors then closed out the quarter with a 16-4 burst of their own to take a 72-55 lead into the break.

“It was the most bizarre boxscores I’ve ever seen at halftime,” Kerr said. “We were shooting 74 percent. They were shooting [36] percent, but between the turnovers and offensive rebounds I think they had like 15 more field-goal attempts. It was kind of a strange first half — a strange game overall.”

The second half followed a similar script. The Warriors started and ended the third quarter with a 17-point advantage before the Raptors made one last furious push.

Toronto rallied to within 114-109 with just over two minutes to go, but were never able to pull closer than that.

“It was a good win. That’s a very good team. One of best teams in the NBA,” Kerr said. “Obviously, we made some mistakes and didn’t close the game well, but, like I said, a good victory.”

On a night when Curry led the Warriors with 28 points and Klay Thompson added 21 of his own, Kevin Durant posted the most impressive stat line of all. Durant went for 22 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks. Afterwards, Durant sounded most thrilled with his redirections at the rim.

“It’s fun helping your guys out and having momentum change that way, as far as blocking shots,” Durant said. “It ignites the whole crowd and my whole team, so it’s pretty fun doing it.”

Golden State continues its long home stand Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

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