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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
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 22-7 W1 11-4 11-3 1-0 21-7 4-2 13-5
Golden State 19-9 W4 12-2 7-7 3-0 16-9 2-1 9-6
Last Meeting
Toronto Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/29/18 GS 128 TOR 131 131 37 52.2 128 46 48.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 37 58.3 6
Golden State K. Durant 51 58.1 11
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto K. Leonard 8 2 6
Golden State K. Durant 11 3 8
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 12
Golden State S. Livingston 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Leonard 614 48.0 143
Golden State K. Durant 879 51.4 208
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto J. Valanciunas 232 64 168
Golden State K. Durant 243 17 226
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 286
Golden State K. Durant 192
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Toronto Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Toronto Off vs Golden State - Points For 115.7 Points For
Toronto Off vs Golden State - Points Against 110.5 Points Against
Toronto - FG% 48.5 FG%
Golden State - FG% 44.9 FG%
Toronto - Reb 45.7 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.5 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Toronto Toronto Defense
Golden State Off vs Toronto - Points For 116.4 Points For
Golden State Off vs Toronto - Points Against 107.5 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 49.2 FG%
Toronto - FG% 44.2 FG%
Golden State - Reb 45.5 Reb
Toronto - Reb 44.5 Reb