Game Preview: Raptors vs. Warriors

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DeRozan then responded by cutting the Raptors' deficit to 123-122 with 1:03 to play.

The Warriors would hang on, 127-125, as fans rose to their feet in a sign of appreciation for how the Raptors competed in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter.

For Golden State, it's probably best that they get some practice in close games with quality competition where they can.

Thompson poured in 20 first-half points as Golden State used a 25-4 flurry bridging the first and second periods by pull away en route to an 81-54 halftime lead.

But it wasn't enough, as Klay Thompson (26 points), Kevin Durant (25 points) and Curry (24 points) all had big nights for Golden State.

Stoudamire, Toronto's first star, averaged 19.6 points a night as a Raptor, the same number DeRozan had managed heading into the game.

Ibaka was back following his one-game suspension.

Snowfall, wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour expected in Kearney area Thursday
Flood watches were scheduled to continue into Saturday afternoon in numerous same counties along with Preston County. Friday high temperatures will be around 48 degrees around daybreak, and cool into the lower 30s Friday afternoon.

Stephen Curry returned from a two-game absence to score 24 points, Klay Thompson had 26 and the Golden State Warriors blew almost all of a 27-point lead before beating the Toronto Raptors 127-125 on Saturday night.

DeRozan shot 17-for-31 en route to his 42 points for the Raptors, who despite the loss set a franchise record for wins in the first half of a season (29).

Draymond Green remains the NBA's leader in technical fouls with 11, but he avoided getting T'd up in Saturday's emotional win over the Raptors.

Golden State played in Milwaukee Friday night and didn't check into town until the wee hours.

These were not the Cavs from Thursday night, an old, slow, disjointed group that threw in the towel shortly after the opening tap. Raptors reserves also contributed 39 rebounds and 22 assists while shooting 53 percent form the floor and 47 percent from beyond the arc.

Fred VanVleet's three-pointer at the buzzer rounded out the scoring.

Closing out at home: The game against the Warriors will be Toronto's final game in a three-game homestand.

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