Warriors Down Raptors within the Evening for Stephen Curry


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Damion Lee fell calmly in two free throws, 4.3 seconds ahead on Sunday, as hosts Golden State Warriors overcame one of the worst shooting performances in Stephen Curry’s career, claiming a 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in San Francisco.

Curry made his first and last try but missed a personal record of 14 points in between in an 11-point night for the Warriors, who nonetheless won their last five games for the fourth time.

Lee, who is Curry’s brother-in-law, was fouled while preparing to take a desperate 3-point shot that left Golden State behind by one in the final seconds.

Lee, an 85.3 percent career foul shooter, gave the Warriors the final edge in a game they largely led, including 17 points in the first minute of the fourth period.

Going for a second straight win for the first time this season, the Raptors had a shot at a win, but Pascal Siakam tossed out a badass, no-nonsense 18-foot winner.

After a 38-point attempt in which he made 13 of his 24 shots, Curry hit his first shot and only then another until a 3-pointer came with 2:43 to go.

After Curry ended his drought, he hit two late free throws and Kent Bazemore gave Golden State a 104-103 lead with 1:06 to go.

But Fred VanVleet connected to a tough 16-foot boat on the other end, putting Toronto back on top one last time, and setting up Lee’s exploits.

Curry was joined by six team-mates in the double-digit range, led by Andrew Wiggins with 17 points. Eric Paschall came into play at 15, Lee at 13, Kelly Oubre Jr. at 12, and Draymond Green and James Wiseman at 10.

Green also had 10 assists at game level and missed a triple-double for a rebound.

Siakam went up and down the Raptors with 25 points, followed by VanVleet with 21, Kyle Lowry with 17, Chris Boucher with 15 and OG Anunoby with 10.

Siakam completed a double-double with 11 rebounds at game level, while Boucher completed his 15 points with six rebounds and six blocks at game level.

The Warriors scored 10 of the game’s first 11 points, led by 15 in the first half, and rose 89-72 on two Paschall free throws, with 11:41 left in play before Toronto recovered.

– Field level media

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