Curry leads unbeaten Warriors to 12th straight victory
Stephen Curry scored seven of his game-high 37 points in the final 88 seconds to help a sloppy Golden State Warriors overcome 20 turnovers and remain unbeaten with a 115-110 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.
"We can play better than this," Curry told reporters after the league's sole remaining undefeated team improved to 12-0 on the season and tied a franchise record for consecutive regular-season wins with 16 dating back to the last campaign.
"We hold ourselves to a high standard. Everybody likes to learn lessons and win," he added of a hard-fought victory that was also Golden State's 25th straight at home during the regular season.
The Warriors, who trailed 98-96 with 5:54 to play, had moved 106-103 ahead before Curry buried a 15-footer to create a five-point cushion with 1:28 to go.
Golden State did the rest of its scoring at the foul line, with Curry making five of six and power forward Draymond Green two in a row to keep Toronto at arm's length down the stretch.
"We've gotten away from playing four solid quarters of basketball," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said.
"We played a great first half tonight. But in the third quarter, I just felt like we let them get into a rhythm and build some confidence."
The loss was the Raptors' second straight to open a five-game road trip.
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"Our guys played well enough to win," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "We have something good going. We play like that in any game, we're going to give ourselves a chance to win."
In a game stalled to a snail's pace by 54 foul calls and 66 free throws, Casey thought one call and one non-call down the stretch doomed his team.
The non-call occurred on a driving basket by Toronto shooting guard DeMar DeRozan with 38.7 seconds remaining. The hoop brought the Raptors within 109-108 but Casey was hoping for an extra free throw opportunity that might have tied the score.
"There's a lot of contact in there," the coach said. "I've got to look at it again."
Then, after blocking a Curry layup attempt on Golden State's next possession, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was called for an offensive foul when he got entangled with power forward Draymond Green while setting a screen with 15.4 seconds left.
"I don't know if it was a screen or it was two guys getting tangled up," Casey said. "Again, I've got to look at it to see."
Four subsequent free throws by the Warriors iced the win.
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