Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Game Centre: Under-manned Raptors stun Warriors in rout

Game Centre: Under-manned Raptors stun Warriors in rout

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 30 points, and he also pulled down seven boards and dished out five assists. Jonas Valanciunas was ruled out after the second quarter with a dislocated thumb. - Griffin talking about Monroe, who had five points and five rebounds in 7 1/2 minutes. The Warriors played that game without All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, both of whom were back in the lineup for the rematch Wednesday. They have got a great mix of veterans and young players.

"We'll remember what it's like playing against them, but it's 0-0 from here", Curry told Yahoo Sports.

Kawhi Leonard didn't play last night on the road in the Staples Center against the Clippers - his seventh missed game this year.

"They have a little bit of everything", Curry said.

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That they did it without Kawhi Leonard in uniform and with Fred VanVleet, playing with a wonky back, guarding the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson for large parts of the night, had to make it that much more satisfying.

The Raptors are now 7-1 without Leonard. The Warriors fell to 0-5 this season when held under 100 points. Not so fast, Lowry said. "They had a tough one (Monday) night in Phoenix". Obviously, we're better when I'm out there. It's harder to get up for each game, and so there are certain nights where you can just feel it, you don't have that energy, and if you played in the National Basketball Association, you've coached in this league, you understand it.

A wonky back flared up after the Raptors flew from Los Angeles to San Francisco overnight Tuesday and it wasn't until about an hour before tipoff that VanVleet was cleared to play. The Clippers, who have been so good at home this year and have to be considered one of the surprise teams in the Association to date, came out strong hitting from distance and putting an early scare into the Raptors before Toronto's fresher legs took the game over. The Raptors snapped a 13-game losing streak in Oakland, the longest road losing streak against a single opponent in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Kerr said there was no new update on DeMarcus Cousins but left open the possibility that the All-Star centre could practice again with the G-League team in Santa Cruz.

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