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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up to dunk against the Toronto Raptors during the first half at the Air Canada Centre.

In the Warriors' last game, they beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-94.

The Raptors easily got past the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last contest, 133-99.

The held out of Friday's win over the.

This matchup pits one of the league's top offenses against one of its elite defenses.

Curry has missed the past two games.

Curry left the door open with a pair of uncharacteristic misses at the line late in the fourth to give the Raptors hope. He also put up five assists. The total is set for 226 points. The Raptors were whistled for 23 fouls, compared to 20 for the Warriors, but Toronto actually attempted more free throws (32-28).

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Then the Warriors went out and dropped a season-best 43 first-quarter points on the stunned Raptors on 74% shooting.

With a record of 15-and-2 the Toronto Raptors have been almost unbeatable at home this season.

Their 81-54 halftime lead was their biggest half of the season and their first 80-point half away from home since November 2, 1990, at Denver (87 points). Not so much, as the Raptors showed a lot of heart in battling back and taking the game down to the final seconds ...

The Raptors average 8.6 steals per game, which ranks fifth in the National Basketball Association. Toronto ranks 21st in fast break points allowed per game (12.4).

There are no moral wins and this one will be recorded as a loss and yet the Raptors should grow from the experience and learn from the first half.

Punish Zaza in the pick-and-roll: The largest mismatch the Raptors have in this game is Jonas Valanciunas.

When Golden State is hitting on all cylinders they are almost impossible to stop.

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Green, meanwhile, sat third among all Western Conference frontcourt players with 616,730 votes.

Golden State ranks first in assists per game (30.6) while Toronto ranks 12th (22.9).

But the Raptors didn't lay down, especially behind DeRozan, who notched his 92nd career 30-point game, passing for the most in Raptors history. The Warriors rank 26th in second chance points allowed per game (13.7). The Golden State Warriors are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.8 rebounds per game.

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The Warriors' average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.2, down from 9.3 for the season.

OG Anunoby had 17 points and Serge Ibaka 14 for the Raptors, who rallied from a 19-point deficit through three quarters to make it a one-point game in the fourth.

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