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NBA Roundup: Kawhi-Less Raptors Rout Warriors 113-93

Tanuja Saikhom | 8 months ago

Kyle Lowry scored 23 points as the Toronto Raptors crushed the Golden State Warriors 113-93 and completed a season-series sweep in Oakland on Wednesday night.

The Warriors were in no position to hold steady when the visitors dominated the night thoroughly. Raptors led three of the four quarters with a score line 22-31, 19-26, 26-25, 26-31.

Despite not having Kawhi Leonard in the game because of a sore right hip for second consecutive nights, the Raptors had no worry dribbling the game with comfortable win. The 27-year-old suffered the injury in Toronto’s home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks last weekend. He has averaged 26.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in 22 games for the Raptors this season.

The Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas also left the game in the second quarter with a dislocated left thumb. The 7-foot Lithuanian screamed in pain on the ground was knocked away by Warriors star Draymond Green as he was going to the hoop. However, Green’s action was not called foul.

Lowry had 12 assists and, while Danny Green scored 15 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Fred Van Vleet netted 10 to record an NBA-best 23 wins and seven losses.

The two-time defending champions Warriors who are holding 19-10 suffered the worst defeat since they lost to Cleveland in 2016.

The Raptors will travel to Portland to take on the Trail Blazers at Moda Center on Friday night.