The rematch between the Warriors and Raptors was one thing basketball followers in all places wished to see. However the outcome was surprising.
Toronto claimed a 113-93 win over Golden State on Wednesday, which accomplished its regular-season sweep of the Warriors. The Raptors additionally topped Golden State in additional time in late November.
Final time these two groups met, the Warriors did not have Stephen Curry as he was nonetheless recovering from a groin damage. Kevin Durant picked up the slack with a 51-point efficiency, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to beat Toronto. This time round, Kawhi Leonard sat out with a proper hip damage, however that did not sluggish the Raptors down.
Toronto amassed a 16-point lead by halftime, and it by no means seemed again.
Kyle Lowry, who has confronted criticism for his efficiency in opposition to the NBA’s greatest groups currently, confirmed up in opposition to the Warriors. He had 23 factors, 12 assists and three steals. Serge Ibaka was simply behind Lowry in scoring, tallying 20 factors on 7-of-16 capturing.
Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 factors, however Golden State simply did not appear to have its mojo as a unit.
The Raptors win was their first at Oracle Enviornment in 14 years. They proceed to seem like the category of the East.
Studs of the Evening
Anthony Davis scored 44 factors on 16-of-32 capturing and grabbed 18 rebounds within the Pelicans’ 118-114 victory over the Thunder.
CJ McCollum scored 40 of the Blazers’ 83 factors of their 92-83 loss to the Grizzlies.
John Wall scored 34 factors on 14-of-26 capturing and had 13 assists within the Wizards’ 130-125 additional time loss to the Celtics.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 39 factors within the Nets’ 127-124 upset win over the 76ers.
Dud of the Evening
Alec Burks scored one level on Zero-of-6 capturing within the Cavs’ 113-106 victory over the Knicks.
Jeremy Lamb sealed the deal for the Hornets with this sport winner in a 108-107 victory over the Pistons.
Jeremy Lamb wins it late for the @hornets with the clutch jumper! #Hornets30 108 #DetroitBasketball 107
Kemba Walker: 31 PTS, 9 AST, eight 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) eight:00 p.m. ET — James Harden and Chris Paul had been each nice the final time these two groups met, leading to a Rockets win. Nevertheless, the Lakers are a a lot completely different workforce this time round. After successful seven of their final 10 video games, Los Angeles is in fifth within the Western Convention. Houston ended a three-game shedding streak on Tuesday when a lineup change gave them new life in opposition to the Path Blazers.