The rematch between the Warriors and Raptors was something basketball fans everywhere wanted to see. But the result was unexpected.
Toronto claimed a 113-93 win over Golden State on Wednesday, which completed its regular-season sweep of the Warriors. The Raptors also topped Golden State in overtime in late November.
Last time these two teams met, the Warriors didn’t have Stephen Curry as he was still recovering from a groin injury. Kevin Durant picked up the slack with a 51-point performance, but it wasn’t enough to beat Toronto. This time around, Kawhi Leonard sat out with a right hip injury, but that didn’t slow the Raptors down.
Toronto amassed a 16-point lead by halftime, and it never looked back.
Kyle Lowry, who has faced criticism for his performance against the NBA’s best teams lately, showed up against the Warriors. He had 23 points, 12 assists and three steals. Serge Ibaka was just behind Lowry in scoring, tallying 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 points, but Golden State just didn’t seem to have its mojo as a unit.
The Raptors win was their first at Oracle Arena in 14 years. They continue to look like the class of the East.
Studs of the Night
Anthony Davis scored 44 points on 16-of-32 shooting and grabbed 18 rebounds in the Pelicans’ 118-114 victory over the Thunder.
CJ McCollum scored 40 of the Blazers’ 83 points in their 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies.
John Wall scored 34 points on 14-of-26 shooting and had 13 assists in the Wizards’ 130-125 overtime loss to the Celtics.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 points in the Nets’ 127-124 upset win over the 76ers.
Dud of the Night
Alec Burks scored one point on 0-of-6 shooting in the Cavs’ 113-106 victory over the Knicks.
Jeremy Lamb sealed the deal for the Hornets with this game winner in a 108-107 victory over the Pistons.
Kemba Walker: 31 PTS, 9 AST, 8 REB
Blake Griffin: 26 PTS, 10 REB, 7 AST pic.twitter.com/iZCWNE8CAb
— NBA (@NBA) December 13, 2018
Lakers (17-10) at Rockets (12-14) 8:00 p.m. ET — James Harden and Chris Paul were both great the last time these two teams met, resulting in a Rockets win. However, the Lakers are a much different team this time around. After winning seven of their last 10 games, Los Angeles is in fifth in the Western Conference. Houston ended a three-game losing streak on Tuesday when a lineup change gave them new life against the Trail Blazers.