Sunday, March 2, 2014

NUMBERS DON'T LIE - RAPTORS 104, WARRIORS 98 - The "Out for Revenge" Edition

posted by Romy Aquino (@romyaquino)



The "Out for Revenge" Edition

The last time these two teams played, Rudy Gay was still on the Raptors roster and the Raptors blew a 27-point lead, losing to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.  On Sunday afternoon, Toronto was out to revenge that loss from earlier in the season (and if you missed our game preview with Let's Go Warriors, check it here.) Toronto locked down on defence in the fourth quarter and held off the Golden State Warriors 104-98 and Toronto moved to 33-26 on the season.

Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard:

The Raptors

This was the first ever Raptors win against a Warriors team with Steph Curry in the lineup.  Going into Sunday's game, the Raptors were 0-7 against Curry and the Warriors.

13 This was DeMar DeRozan's 13th 30+ point game this season. His stat line:  32 points (10-16), 11-12 FT, 6 assists, 4 reb, 1 stl and 1 blk.  He has taken his game to an All-Star level this season and it has been impressive to watch.  His assists numbers are up too, with 6 assists in three straight games.

Landry Fields got the start in place of Terrence Ross (ankle) and scored 8 points (4-5), 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.  This was just his second start of the season.  Landry's last start was against the Lakers on the day of the Rudy Gay trade where he had 0 points.

48.1% Toronto shot 48% from the field (38-79) scoring 104 points and it was the third straight game that Golden State has allowed an opponent score 100+ points.

27-11 Credit the Raptors for the improved ball movement, 28 assists on the night and are now 27-11 when they have 20+ assists in a game.

The Toronto Raptors now have a 4-day mini break and do not play until Friday against Rudy Gay and the Sacramento Kings.

The Warriors

34 Steph Curry had an impressive game in Toronto scoring 34 points, handing out 7 assists and grabbing four boards.  But Toronto locked him down in the fourth, forcing him to turn the ball over four times in the final quarter.

42% The Warriors shot 42% (37-88) from the field and the Raptors are now 25-5 on the season when holding teams to under 45% shooting.

21 David Lee and Andrew Bogut combined for 21 of the Warriors 41 rebounds.

The Warriors were without  former Toronto Raptor #7 Jermaine O'Neal who couldn't make the trip to Canada due to passport issues.

Final Notes

We got one clutch shot from DeMar DeRozan and another Dwight Buycks celebration.

Pound The Rock Star of the Game: DeMar DeRozan - 42 minutes, 32 points (10-16), 11-12 FT, 6 assists, 4 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk

(Photo via Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

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