By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Toronto Raptors needed overtime to defeat the Golden State Warriors. The Raptors won 131-128 on Thursday night against the Warriors at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Raptors improved to an NBA-best 19-4. They are now 10-2 at home.
Toronto has now won seven straight games.
The Warriors fell to 15-8 on the season. They are now 4-6 on the road.
Golden State had its three-game win streak snapped with this loss.
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 37 points. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block.
The 37 points is a season-high for Leonard. His previous high was 35 points on October 24th against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Leonard was one of six Toronto players, who scored in double-figures. Pascal Siakam had 26 points, while Serge Ibaka had 20 points.
Danny Green added 13 points. Jonas Valančiūnas had 12 and Kyle Lowry had 10 points.
The Raptors had 25 bench points. Valančiūnas led the bench with his 12 points. He also had four rebounds and one block.
Kevin Durant had 51 points in the losing effort. He also had 11 rebounds and six assists.
The 51 points are a season-high for Durant. He has scored 100 points in his past two games.
“My only focus is being the best version of me that I can each possession on both ends,” Durant said about why he’s been so dominant recently. “Once you just focus on that you get lost in the game. Makes or misses or turnovers or mistakes really don’t matter. Just move onto the next play. Try not to have a lot of mistakes, but if you do have one just move on.”
It is also three points away from his career-high as he had 54 points in a game during the 2013-14 season.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Durant became the third player in NBA to have 50-point, 10-rebound, and 5 assist games for multiple teams. Durant did it with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Warriors.
LeBron James accomplished the feat with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. Wilt Chamberlain was the first to do it with the Philadelphia Warriors and the San Francisco Warriors.
He was one of three Golden State players, who scored in double-digits. Klay Thompson had 23 points and Jonas Jerebko added 20.
The Warriors had 38 bench points. Jerebko led the bench with his 20 points. He also had nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block.