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A night billed as a potential National Basketball Association finals preview certainly lived up to its billing Thursday.

In the first battle of the season between the best of the East and the cream of the West, the Raptors came out on top against defending champion Golden State Warriors, but needed overtime to pull it off. But it stoked belief in the idea that the Raptors could make their first NBA Finals and stand in the way of the Dubs repeating as champs. Klay Thompson had 23. The matchup prompted Thompson to suggest the night was a potential preview of June's National Basketball Association finals. "But plan to be in Oakland that night!"

Durant capped an 18-point third quarter with a 32-foot pull-up three, the final basket in a personal 13-point streak. The Warriors were the National Basketball Association champs in three of the past four seasons.

While Golden State is an extremely hard team to maintain a big lead against, it is becoming a concerning trend for Toronto to let teams back in, as Detroit, Orlando and Miami have all chipped away at big deficits to make things interesting down the stretch.

"If this were a playoff game, he would absolutely be playing", Kerr said.

The night had a post-season buzz, and the fans stood for the extra period, erupting when Green knocked down a three with 2:07 to play to put Toronto up by three. Coach Nick Nurse wore a bright blue sports coat in a tribute to late sportscaster Craig Sager.

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The Warriors have gone 5-5 in Curry's absence.

Leonard, and Danny Green shared lots of insights with the Raps from their experiences in San Antonio taking on the Warriors.

The Raptors will get another chance at Golden State soon - the Warriors host Toronto on December 12. Curry, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, is expected to rejoin the Warriors for their road game in Detroit this Saturday.

"We just have to keep pushing and try and get better".

Withstanding such a performance from a superstar is big for the Raptors, who played spoiler to his season-high performance. Pascal Siakam (26 points) and Serge Ibaka (20 points) missed just three shots in the first half and finished the night a combined 16-for-23 from the field. Siakam added 10 for the Raptors, who were up by 18 points in the first and led 38-25 after one. Durant seemingly had an answer for each run made by the Raptors and kept the Warriors within striking distance despite being shorthanded.


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