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Toronto Raptors Sweep Season Series vs. Golden State Warriors

You know the drill.

Second day of a back-to-back means no Kawhi Leonard in the nightmare.

After dismantling the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, the Raptors went down to the bay area to face their greatest test to date – a healthy Golden State Warriors team, on the road, without the services of their superstar. In what was a potential NBA Finals preview, none of these aforementioned factors really mattered as the Raptors rolled past the reigning NBA champs by a score of 113-93.

“Long term we want (Leonard) healthy,”Kyle Lowry said. “We want him to take the time and get right. But knowing that him being out, a lot of things go through other people. I’ve been here a long time and we’ve always said, ‘Next man up.’ That’s how we’ve always treated everything.

After escaping an undermanned Warriors team at home, the Raptors overpowered Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green on route to the regular season sweep. Spearheaded by Lowry’s 23 point, 12 assist night, Serge Ibaka added 20 points of his own, while Danny Green and Pascal Siakam added 15 and 13 points respectively.

“When you play them you have to do a lot of things well,” said Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin, who took over the helm for the night as head coach Nick Nurse was away from the team following the death of his mother. “Give our guys credit, they came in ready to play and they fought with great intensity. We knew it was going to be a challenge for us and I thought that Kyle did a phenomenal job leading the team. He is an All-Star, no doubt.”

News weren’t all good for the Raptors as Jonas Valanciunas was forced to leave the game with a dislocated finger. The Lithuanian center underwent surgery earlier today and will miss the next month of action.

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