Golden State Warriors: The Raptors regular season saga continues

Serge Ibaka, Raptors cruise past Clippers 123-99

When it was announced that Kawhi Leonard would miss his second consecutive game with a sore hip, that was supposed to be an advantage for the Golden State Warriors.

"We didn't slow it down", Lowry said.

Toronto were a class above even without Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday as they completed their regular-season sweep of the Warriors, having topped Golden State last month. The Raptors repeatedly beat the sluggish Warriors to loose balls and outrebounded the two-time defending champs 48-40. "They got a great mix of veteran and young players". Curry, who was recently named the Western Conference Player of the Week, went just 3-for-12 from the field and scored just 10 points.

The Clippers endured their biggest loss of the season against the NBA's best team (22-7). But knowing that him being out, a lot of things go through other people.

"They have champions over there", Durant said. There are certain nights where you can just feel it; you don't have that energy.

The Warriors had made at least 18 3-pointers in each of their previous three games. Gerald Green had 13 points, and Danuel House had 12 off the bench.

Greg Monroe, the little-used big man with tons of National Basketball Association experience stepped into the void and gave the Raptors a solid seven minutes (five points and five boards), allowing Serge Ibaka to stay fresh, and the Raptors bigs to get through the rest of the game unscathed.

Warriors: Play at Sacramento on Friday.

Curry's correct about the first 12 minutes. The victory also gave the Raptors a sweep of the season series over the Warriors and leaves Toronto with a flawless 4-0 record in California this season, the first time that's happened in Toronto franchise history.

A wonky back flared up after the Raptors flew from Los Angeles to San Francisco overnight Tuesday and it wasn't until about an hour before tipoff that VanVleet was cleared to play.

"This was a game everybody thought would be very hard for us to win", coach Nick Nurse said, "but we kind of lined up all these things and were very focused".

It is this version of Lowry - the attacking, aggressive version - that allows the Raptors to unlock their highest ceiling. Kerr said there was no new update on DeMarcus Cousins but left open the possibility that the All-Star centre could practice again with the G-League team in Santa Cruz.

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