The Toronto Raptors withstood a 51-point performance from Kavin Durant to beat two-time defending champions Golden State 131-128 in overtime on Thursday in a game billed as a possible NBA Finals preview.
Kawhi Leonard scored 37points and Pascal Siakam added a career-high 26 for the Raptors, who notched a seventh straight victory to improve their league front of a jubilant home crowd.
“It’s a building block for us. We were able to make shots, we were able to get some stops in overtime.
I’m happy we got the win,” Leonard said.
The Warriors, playing without injured stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, fell to 15-8 as they endured their fifth straight road defeat.
They’re a game behind Western Conference leaders the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat the Kings 133-121 in Sacramento on the second night of a back-to-back.
Elsewhere in the West, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from their biggest defeat of the season – a 117-85 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
After building a 23-point first-quarter lead the Lakers saw the Pacers battled back to briefly take the lead in the third quarter.
But James came through in the clutch scoring 12 of his 38 points in the last five minutes.
“That’s what I’m here for,” said James, a three-time NBA champion who joined a developing Lakers as a free agent.
James had nine rebounds and seven assists as he rebounded from a season-low 14 points in the loss at Denver.
“LeBron was spectacular, but we got a lot of really good efforts from different people. That’s what it takes to win in this league, ” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
Brandon Ingram scored 14 points and Josh Hart chipped in 13 for the Lakers, who notched their 10th win in 14 games.
In Toronto, Durant notched his third straight game of at least 40 points -a first in his career.
“Tonight we were down early, we were down big and I just tried to be aggressive and go get a bucket,” said Durant, who also grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out six assists.
Klay Thompson added 23 points and Jonas Jerebko produced 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.
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