Raptors comeback bid falls short in thriller against Warriors


TORONTO – Klay Thompson had 26 points while Kevin Durant added 25 as the Golden State Warriors held on for a wild 127-125 road win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

The defending-champion Warriors (league-best 35-9 record) earned their NBA-leading 19th road win and eighth straight victory over Toronto (29-12). Stephen Curry, the two-time league MVP, returned to Golden State’s lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury and scored 24 points.

But Toronto, which trailed by as many as 27 points in the game, outscored Golden State 71-46 in the second half.

DeMar DeRozan’s layup moved Toronto to within 121-119 with 2:08 left but Durant countered to give the Warriors a four-point lead. DeRozan then responded by cutting the Raptors’ deficit to 123-122 with 1:03 to play.

After Curry missed two free throws with 45.2 seconds left, Durant’s field goal with 21.3 seconds remaining put Golden State ahead 125-122. Curry made up for his earlier misses by hitting two free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

Fred VanVleet’s three-pointer at the buzzer rounded out the scoring.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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