The Warriors fell to the Raptors on Wednesday for the second time this season, but Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry were quick to praise Toronto for how well the team played.
Golden State lost 113-93 as the Raptors swept the season series and snapped a 13-game losing streak in Oakland, which is the longest road losing streak against a single opponent in franchise history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Raptors pulled off the win without Kawhi Leonard, who sat out with a bruised right hip.
Warriors forward Durant said the Raptors are composed of champions and that they have the experience to compete with the back-to-back defending NBA champions.
“They got veterans over there,” Durant said (via The Athletic). “I don’t know what you mean ‘young team.’ They have champions over there in Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. They got guys that have played in big playoff games like Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas.
“They have a great mix of veterans and young players. They have a new coach, but the leaders of their team have been through some wars. So I wouldn’t call them a young team or say them beating us two times will give them extra confidence. They’re not an up-and-coming team. They’re here.”
Strong Kevin Durant quote on the Raptors: “They’re not an up-and-coming team. They here.” pic.twitter.com/935IJ2i3zn
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Curry echoed a similar sentiment as he said Toronto is a talented group that has “a little bit of everything.”
“(They have) athletic wings and bigs that can shoot 3s and put the ball on the floor. We know Kyle Lowry is a great player,” Curry said, per ESPN. “Obviously, when Kawhi plays we know what he’s about, but just pretty well-rounded, and they’ve shown different styles to win games. Tonight, they were obviously the better team and everybody seemed to have confidence and was playing off each other really well. And on our end, we just didn’t have it.”
The Warriors fell to 19-10, while the Raptors improved to 23-7 as they sit at the top of the Eastern Conference.