National Basketball Association
Toronto at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
The status of star forward Kawhi Leonard is unknown as the NBA-best Toronto Raptors square off against the host Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Leonard missed Tuesday night's 123-99 road victory over the Los Angeles Clippers with a bruised right hip and his availability will be firmed up as game time approaches.
Leonard scored a season-best 37 points in a 131-128 overtime victory over the Warriors on Nov. 29 on a night in which Golden State star forward Kevin Durant tallied a season-best 51. Toronto put together an impressive effort without its star in the thrashing of the Clippers as it made 14-of-29 3-point baskets and held a 28-4 edge in fast-break points. The Warriors have won their past four games and got forward Draymond Green (toe) back from an 11-game absence for Monday's 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I felt like a kid in the candy store the last few days," Green told reporters of his return. "To come back off a layoff like that, I felt pretty good. I really had no issues at all. It's good to get back to who we are."TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, TSN (Toronto), NBCS Bay Area (Golden State)ABOUT THE RAPTORS (22-7):
Leonard had played in nine straight games prior to Tuesday's absence and had been slated to play in his first back-to-back of the season before the injury that he suffered Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The lineup shuffling led to point guard Fred VanVleet being pushed into the starting five and he distributed a career-best 14 assists while committing only two turnovers. Power forward Serge Ibaka scored 25 points but the most pleasing sight to the Raptors was seeing four-time All-Star guard Kyle Lowry make four 3-pointers while scoring 21 points after he averaged five on 8-of-42 shooting over the previous five games.ABOUT THE WARRIORS (19-9):
Point guard Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers while scoring 38 points against Minnesota and has enjoyed a dominating five-game run since returning from a groin injury. Curry is averaging 31.4 points and has made 29-of-56 3-point attempts during the stretch, topped by a 42-point effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "We were playing really, really fast and excited," Curry told reporters of the victory over the Timberwolves. "Just had to settle in and make the simple play. In the second half we kind of slowed down."BUZZER BEATERS
1. The Warriors have won 13 straight home games against the Raptors with Toronto's last win in Oakland coming in overtime Feb. 8, 2004.
2. Toronto F Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting in last month's win over the Warriors.
3. Golden State has made 69 3-pointers during its four-game winning streak, compared to 30 for the opponents.PREDICTION:
Warriors 124, Raptors 121
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