Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Raptors got the job done on a second night of a back-to-back as they defeated the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, 113-93.
The Raptors were without Kawhi Leonard again due to his hip problem, it turns out that they did not need him to defeat the reigning champions on their home court.
Toronto is 7-1 without Leonard, and 6-0 in back-to-back games this season. They are currently 23-7, which is their best start through 30 games in franchise history.
All starters scored in double figures, Kyle Lowry led the way with 23 points and provided 12 assists. Serge Ibaka also recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Danny Green scored 15, Pascal Siakam scored 13, and Fred VanVleet had 10.
Jonas Valanciunas had to leave the game early in the second quarter because of an incident that occurred between himself and Draymond Green. Green tried to swat the ball out of Valanciunas’ hands but caught his left thumb, dislocating it in the process. Valanciunas underwent surgery on it, and will wear a cast as a result. He will be out for at least four weeks.
Chris Boucher, who scored a franchise record 47 points in the Raptors 905 loss to the Oklahoma City Blue on Wednesday night, was called up to the Raptors.
Greg Monroe played seven minutes in place of Valanciunas, and was very efficient on both ends of the floor.
Serge Ibaka continues to be an imposing figure on the defensive end, as he is averaging 1.4 blocks per game.
The Raptors continue their road trip on Friday when they face the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m.
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