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Raptors Slow Down Steph, Get Overpowered by Warriors Role Players in Loss

The good news is the Toronto Raptors shut down Stephen Curry on Sunday night.

The bad news?

The Raptors gave up a combined 65 points to Jordan Poole and Toronto’s very own, Andrew Wiggins, en route to a 119-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

“Normally I’d say, ‘Jeez, we didn’t plan on those guys coming in and making those shots,” said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse. “But I think they were just too open. Guys that were hot were getting too many … [but] they certainly benefit from [Curry]. Not only him, but Green. He’s firing it all over the place once he touches it, giving them on-target passes. He’s coming down and looking one way and zipping it the other.”

Falling to 8-10 on the season, the Raptors simply had no answer for the powerhouse Warriors who shot the ball at a 49-percent clip, including 49-percent from long range on the night. Despite holding early MVP favorite Curry in check, the Raptors struggled controlling Golden State’s role players, even allowing the Warrior to score 32 points off their bench.

“They’re a really difficult team to defend, they have so much firepower,” said Raptors center Precious Achiuwa, who scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds off the bench. “You’re paying a lot of [attention to] Steph and Draymond and they just have guys that can make the plays. Everybody down their roster can come in and make plays and make shots and that’s the game right there. Once you take out one guy then the other guy starts hitting shots, it’s gonna be a tough game. I think we did a good job defensively but when they start hitting shots like that, everyone starts hitting shots it’s tough to defend.”

Offensively, the Raptors struggled with their efficiency, but six players finished the night in double-figures, including Pascal Siakam who scored 21 points in the loss. Fred VanVleet added 17 points and seven assists, while rookie Scottie Barnes put together a 10 point, 13 rebound double-double.

In what has been a rough 1-3 road trip to this point, the Raptors will look to finish it off on a good note as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night and conclude the trip in Indiana on Friday.


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