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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Toronto 31 26 25 31 113
Golden State 22 19 26 26 93
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7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CTNaN:� , December 12, 2018
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California  Attendance: 19,596

Warriors' revenge rampage resumes vs. Raptors

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors

  1. The Raptors beat the Clippers, 123-99, after losing two consecutive games. It is their 12th game scoring at least 120 points this season, tied with the Bucks for most in the NBA.
  2. Golden State has won four straight, leading after the first quarter in each game. The Warriors are 13-1 (.929) when leading after the first quarter this season, second best in the NBA (Thunder, 14-1).
  3. Toronto beat Golden State at home on November 29, 131-128 in overtime. The Warriors are 19-5 (.792) when scoring at least 100 points this season, best in the NBA. The Raptors, however, are 17-7 (.708) when allowing at least 100 points, best in the NBA.
  4. The Raptors are scoring 120.0 points per 100 possessions when Danny Green is on the court this season. That is the highest offensive rating for any player in the NBA (minimum five minutes played per game).
  5. Stephen Curry dropped 38 points against Minnesota on Monday, hitting seven threes. It is his 70th career game recording at least 35 points and nailing at least five threes, the most all-time. Only James Harden (51) and Kobe Bryant (31) have more than 30 such games.
  6. The Warriors and Raptors rank first and second in field-goal percentage at 49.2 percent and 48.5 percent, respectively. The Warriors have won 17 games when outshooting their opponent this season -- only the Raptors (20) have more such wins.
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors get a second shot at revenge against an Eastern Conference power when they host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

With Stephen Curry and Draymond Green out of the lineup, the Warriors battled the Raptors into overtime on the road 13 days ago before falling short 131-128.

In his first head-to-head with Golden State for Toronto after years of battling the Warriors in the West as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors' charge with 37 points.

The Warriors have since gotten both All-Stars back, and have shifted into a new gear. They have won four straight, averaging 119.5 points.

One of those four wins came in a rematch with the Milwaukee Bucks, who routed the Warriors on their home floor 134-111 last month. With Curry back in the lineup, but not yet Green, Golden State evened the score with a 105-95 victory in Milwaukee on Friday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he noticed the difference having Green back for the first time after an 11-game absence in Monday's 116-108 victory over Minnesota.

"I just think we play with a faster pace; that's the main thing," the coach observed after the game. "The first few minutes, we looked different. (Green) got a couple of rebounds and pushed the ball and everybody else sort of said, 'Oh, yeah, we got to run. Draymond's got the ball.' And he was out ahead of the play a couple of times. He gives us a different dimension and it's great to have him back."

Kerr then issued a warning to the Raptors and the rest of the NBA

"I think we are going to get much better," he insisted. "I didn't think we played very well (against Minnesota), but I thought it was a positive first step back. We had some silliness out there and some really questionable plays that we made, questionable decisions. I think we will get better with that and our movement will get better, but it was a good first step."

It's possible the Raptors will take the court a step slow for Wednesday's rematch. Toronto held Leonard out of Tuesday's 123-99 road romp over the Los Angeles Clippers with a bruised hip.

He will be re-evaluated prior to the Golden State game as the Raptors endure a second game in two nights.

"If his hip's good, he'll go," Raptors coach Nick Nurse promised reporters before Tuesday's game.

Kyle Lowry snapped out of a recent slump in Leonard's absence, contributing 21 points and seven assists to the one-sided win over the Clippers.

The four-time All-Star had totaled 15 points in his previous four games, including a scoreless outing Sunday in a home loss to the Bucks.

"He's taking a back seat, it's a decision he's made, and it's helped our team, it's helped guys have great years," Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. "He's probably sacrificing for the greater of the team, which is honorable, but at the same time we still need him to keep reminding him that he we need him to be selfish a little bit too out there."

Lowry, who averaged seven shots a game in his four-game slump, got off 13 shots (making eight) in his 32 minutes against the Clippers.

Updated December 12, 2018

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