The much-anticipated night - a rare nationally televised game in the USA, and the Warriors' only regular-season trip to Toronto - lived up to its promise.
The Warriors without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are hard to gauge, but any team that can survive Durant and Klay Thompson combining for 74 should feel good putting a feather in its cap afterward.
Moving forward, the Raptors can and will improve upon the ways in which they play with a lead provided they learn from common themes in the games in which leads were cut into. The Raptors raced out to an early 18-point lead, and for the most part maintained a double-digit advantage until Durant lit it up late in the third quarter.
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. The Raptors coach wore a shiny royal blue suit jacket for Sager Strong night in honour late National Basketball Association sideline reporter Craig Sager, known for his colourful attire.
Then Leonard grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and set up Siakam for another trip to the line that iced the game.
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The letter captured the two-time NBA MVP's heart.
Leonard, and Danny Green shared lots of insights with the Raps from their experiences in San Antonio taking on the Warriors. After being dominated in a 117-85 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, LeBron James will be looking to right the ship and the team may have to do it without Lonzo Ball. Golden State coach Steve Kerr leaped to his feet in need of a timeout to reset his Warriors just five minutes into the game.
"We just have to keep pushing and try and get better". That included a cold-blooded 32-foot three-point dagger to close the quarter that flipped a comfy Raps lead into an uneasy eight-point one.
The Raptors seemingly couldn't miss in the first quarter, with Leonard, Siakam and Ibaka shooting a combined 12-for-12 to start, and Toronto shooting 72 per cent in the frame.
"If it were a play-off game he would be playing". Durant seemingly had an answer for each run made by the Raptors and kept the Warriors within striking distance despite being shorthanded. Leonard had last faced the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, when he injured his ankle and left the floor with his San Antonio Spurs ahead by 21 points. Only four of their next 14 games come against teams with losing records, including two against Cleveland.