Monday, July 6, 2015

Raptors avenge earlier loss

TORONTO—DeMar DeRozan had zero intention of losing to the Golden State Warriors for a second time this season.
DeRozan had one of his best games of the season as he scored 32 points to lead the Raptors past the Warriors 104-98 yesterday afternoon, with the memory of Toronto giving up a 27-point lead to Golden State in December still lingering in his mind.

“It was a big win, big win against a great Western Conference team,” DeRozan noted. “Especially with the way we lost at their place.
“The way that we lost was definitely tough.
“We understood that coming into tonight so it was definitely a big win,” he added.
Acknowledging that the December loss was something Raptors players had thought about coming into yesterday’s contest, DeRozan downplayed his own stellar offensive output.
“I just got out and played, to be honest,” DeRozan remarked. “Just try to go out there and play to win.
“Everybody in this locker-room really wants to make the playoffs, so I’m just going out there doing whatever I can.”
DeRozan did more than just play yesterday. He won the efficiency battle against Stephen Curry to give Toronto its first victory against the Warriors with Golden State’s all-star guard in the lineup.
While Curry finished with 34 points on 13-for-27 shooting, DeRozan put in an all-star performance—scoring his 32 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the floor and 11-for-12 from the line.
He also recorded four rebounds, six assists, and a steal.
Kyle Lowry added 13 points and eight assists for Toronto (33-26) while Patrick Patterson had 12 points and five rebounds.
Golden State (36-24) went ahead by five points early in the fourth quarter before the Raptors reeled off an 11-0 run to take a 92-86 lead with less than six minutes to go.
Toronto’s late attack was led by DeRozan, who scored 12 of his 32 in the quarter.
“We just lost our composure on the offensive end a little bit and didn’t play solid enough on the other end in the last five minutes,” Curry said.
“We had a five-point lead with eight minutes left, they went on an 11-0 run, and we didn’t have an answer for it.”

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