Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors fought their way through the Golden State Warriors on Monday night to win in overtime, 131-128.
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 37 points, and also grabbed eight rebounds. Pascal Siakam had an efficient night as he scored a career-high 26 points on 8-10 from the field. Serge Ibaka scored 20, while Kyle Lowry recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists.
Kevin Durant was without a few of his all-star teammates, but still managed to score 51 points and collected 11 rebounds in the process. Durant is the first player in history to record multiple 50-point games against the Raptors. The other time he scored 50+ against Toronto was in March 2014 when he scored 51 with the Oklahoma City Thunder in a double overtime victory.
The Warriors tightly guarded Leonard all night, which freed up space for other players like Siakam.
Both teams like to play at a fast pace, which was the reason why both teams had 14 turnovers apiece. When teams play at a high pace, it leads to entertaining basketball.
These teams will see each other again in less than a couple of weeks for the second and final meeting of the season when Toronto goes on a west coast road trip.
But first, the Raptors travel to Cleveland to face the struggling Cavaliers on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
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