David Lee had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, and Andrew Bogut added 12 points and 4 blocks in his first game in almost three months, as the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 114-102 at the Air Canada Centre. Seven players reached double figures for the Warriors (27-17), who snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 13-11 on the road this season.
Bogut, who had been sidelined since Nov. 7 with an ankle injury, didn’t seem to miss a beat as he shot an efficient six of eight from the field in 24 minutes.
Meanwhile, Aaron Gray put together a mammoth game for the Raptors (ok, a mammoth game for Aaron Gray…), as he hounded the boards with his bulk for six offensive rebounds en route to a career-high 22 points. And potentially a career-low in turnovers (two). Demar Derozan had 21 points and nine assists for the Raptors (16-29), who have now dropped 7 of 9.
It was another case of the dreaded “over-100″ rule for Dwane Casey’s squad. After the first half ended with the score knotted at 52, the Warriors began to assert themselves. Turnovers began to pile up in the 3rd quarter, allowing the Warriors to jump out to a double digit lead. However, Jose Calderon was able to knock down back-to-back threes, kick-starting a 16-4 Raptors run.
The Warriors retook control of the game in the 4th as the Raptor offense devolved into a disorganized stew of wayward jump shots from Derozan and Terrence Ross. Ross did finish with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, with a couple assists to boot.
While it looks like the Raptors will be headed to the lottery again, the Warriors are having a good deal of success this year, and are on pace to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The combination of front-court power and passing from Lee and Bogut, coupled with elite guard scoring in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, looks like a very promising formula that could see them making a splash this spring.
The Raptors, however, dropped to 11-11 at the ACC, as too many players had off nights. Ed Davis was a major force in the first half drilling hook shots and layups, but he became a zombie in the second. Alan Anderson shot just 2-for-11, almost exclusively threes or heavily contested twos. On the plus side, Landry Fields shot 100% for a whopping two points…
The Raptors next visit the Atlanta Hawks (25-19) on Wednesday.
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