Leonard scores 37, Raptors beat Warriors 131-128 in OT

Heather Diaz
December 3, 2018

Kawhi Leonard poured in 37 points, his best as a Raptor, to lead Toronto to its seventh straight victory, a thrilling 131-128 overtime defeat of two-time National Basketball Association defending champion Golden State.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks at ORACLE Arena on March 1, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Raptors raced out to an early 18-point lead, and for the most part maintained a double-digit advantage until Durant lit it up late in the third quarter.

Lowry's 3-pointer with 55 seconds to go in the fourth quarter put the Raptors up 119-113 but Durant replied with back-to-back 3s of his own, including a game-tying shot with 8.6 seconds left. "The media coverage we're used to, the fans outside the hotel", Kerr said.

"His confidence is very high", Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of Siakam.

There has been plenty of drama surrounding Kevin Durant and Draymond Green this season, but the Warriors could receive some good news ahead of Thursday's matchup.

While Golden State is an extremely hard team to maintain a big lead against, it is becoming a concerning trend for Toronto to let teams back in, as Detroit, Orlando and Miami have all chipped away at big deficits to make things interesting down the stretch.

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The internal feud began after a November 12 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers when Green declined to give the ball to Durant at the end of regulation for a potential game-winner and Durant admonished him on the court.

The long-awaited return of Stephen Curry to the lineup is about to come to fruition. This five-game trip matches Golden State's longest of their season. As evidenced by their record when leading after one, the Raptors' starting unit has a big hand in dictating the direction in which games will go.

The Warriors game was the second in a tough stretch for the Raptors.

Through the first frame, Kawhi Leonard had a game-high 13 points and Pascal Siakam was not far behind with 10 points. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock sat courtside. Durant did it with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Warriors.

The much-anticipated night - a rare nationally televised game in the US, and the Warriors' only regular-season trip to Toronto - lived up to its promise. "But when we play our game, we're a pretty good team, too". I've been in battles with those guys over the last two years.

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