Curry back in Warriors' starting lineup against Raptors

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"It's probably exactly where I was the last time I came back".

But then, in the second half - and especially the fourth quarter - the Raptors charged back, erasing that lead and bringing a once-dormant crowd to a fever pitch during the final seconds.

Warriors went 9-2 over the span.

Curry, who missed most of December with a right ankle sprain, reinjured his ankle Wednesday when he slipped during the team's shootaround. Curry made up for his earlier misses by hitting two free throws with 2.5 seconds left. "It happens to everybody".

"Well we don't know what we're doing".

Toronto was coming off an impressing 133-99 home win over Cleveland on Thursday night.

Curry finished with 24 points, but he's not yet 100 percent. Los Angeles had lost 14 straight overall against the Mavericks.

"Instant replay review was used because the officials were unsure who should be awarded possession after the ball went out of bounds", Borgia said. "We just went out there and played hard".

While temperatures were frigid outside, the NBA-best Warriors started off white-hot.

The Warriors rank second in offensive rating and fourth in defensive rating this season, and they'll provide a stiff test for a Raptors team that has won seven of their past eight games.

The truly scary thing about the scoring bonanza: Curry only notched two of those 43 points and just six of the team's season-high 81 in the opening half.

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Injury report: For Toronto, Kyle Lowry is listed as questionable with a bruised tailbone. The move is seen as a precautionary one as Golden State has back-to-back games concluding Saturday at Toronto. But the Warriors got key field goals from Curry, Thompson and Durant to prevent a blown lead.

"They key word is believing", Casey said. "We have to do better".

DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points for the Raptors, but the Warriors had just enough to beat Toronto for the eighth straight time.

All game long, hip-hop recording artist and Toronto native Drake was talking trash to Warriors players from his courtside seat.

The fact the Raptors even had a chance given how the first half played out was remarkable, DeRozan, Fred VanVleet, C.J. Miles, who also missed two big free throws, Pascal Siakam and Jacob Poeltl playing their hearts out and leaving everything out on the floor.

Durant jogged back on defense laughing.

Kevin Durant downplays Drake's attendance to be the catalyst of the close battle between the Warriors and the Raptors. "I dreamed about this as a kid so it was pretty sweet", he said.

Drake recently got the jersey numbers of Curry and Durant tattooed on his left arm.

"Like I told [Chris Haynes], man, I'm not talking about no other man's tattoos". Golden State's 19 road wins are the most in the National Basketball Association.

"I thought Malcolm was great, being able to guard Thompson and also being able to run the offense and take advantage of the ball movement", Kidd said.

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