"When a team gets drug into overtime like that on some tough shots, it's a lot of times that team will feel sorry for themselves and not come out and play". And a lot of faces in the crowd who had looked forward to seeing a player who has averaged more points against the Toronto franchise (29.8 per game, just ahead of nemesis Allen Iverson's 29.7 per) and more assists than all but Russell Westbrook and Stephon Marbury.
Green hit a tiebreaking 3 with 2:07 left in the extra session, and Toronto added to its lead when Lowry stole the ball from Andre Iguodala, leading to a pair of free throws by Siakam.
"I'm still learning my team, and figuring out I don't really have to do too much with all of this talent that we have", Leonard said after the victory, per ESPN.
It's the seventh successive win for the Raps, who now have a record of 19-4.
While the Raptors' pre-game mantra for Golden State "just another game", Kerr had said it was no ordinary night.
Kevin Durant has been on a tear since Curry got hurt and had to carry most of the scoring load with Thompson.
With Jones struggling mightily and Bell making minimal impact, the Warriors needed stellar games from fellow big men Kevon Looney and Jonas Jerebko.
Raptors Survive Kevin Durant's 51-Point Explosion: 'The Defense Did Matter'
Kyle Lowry refuses to entertain suggestions that playing two-time defending champions Golden State means more than any other game. The Raptors (18-4) boast the best record in the league and will put their six-game win streak on the line against Golden State. The Raptors were just 1 of 7 from beyond the arc in the second. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock sat courtside.
And while bumping between Oakland and Santa Cruz, Calif., home of Golden State's now-G-League affiliate, Cook would either stay at a hotel or with teammate Kevin Durant, whom Cook was friends with from their time in the D.C. area. Leonard scored 22 points in the first two quarters, a season high for any half.
"The rental expired", Nurse joked.
"He was just stunning", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Lastly, we have something special in the works for International Women's Day on March 8, and I want you to celebrate with me!
"Right now, I can start thinking about tomorrow's game", he said during a postgame TV interview.
Now, it's not going to be like this every game because as the season drones on there will be nights when they gave to play 11 guys just to make it a bit easier for the heavy lifters.
Is that the way you want to knock off a team that has won three of the last four National Basketball Association championships?