0401 GMT March 17, 2018
Durant finished with 25 points, Klay Thompson a team-high 26 and Stephen Curry 24 for the Warriors, who ran their road winning streak to 12 ahead of a second NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, Reuters reported.
DeMar DeRozan had 17 of his game-high 42 points in the second-half comeback for the Raptors, who lost for the second time in three games.
Thompson poured in 20 first-half points as Golden State used a 25-4 flurry bridging the first and second periods by pull away en route to an 81-54 halftime lead.
But the Raptors, coming off a 34-point win over Cleveland, chipped away constantly in the second half, and had a chance to go ahead in the final minute.
With his team down one, DeRozan missed an 18-footer with 37 seconds to go, and Durant then converted Curry’s ninth assist into his critical hoop that gave Golden State some breathing room.
C.J. Miles misfired on a contested three-pointer with 11 seconds to go and a chance to draw the Raptors even, after which Curry iced the Warriors’ second win in two nights to start a five-game trip with two free throws with 2.5 seconds left.
Durant (three), Thompson (two) and Curry (two) combined for seven three-pointers for the Warriors, who shot 58.0 percent overall en route to the 20th victory in their last 23 games.
Curry shot 6-for-12 overall in his return from a two-game absence due to a sprained right ankle.
Draymond Green added 14 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who swept their fourth straight season series from the Raptors.
DeRozan shot 17-for-31 en route to his 42 points for the Raptors, who despite the loss set a franchise record for wins in the first half of a season (29).
OG Anunoby had 17 points, Serge Ibaka 14, Fred VanVleet 13 and Jonas Valanciunas 12 to go with a team-high nine rebounds for the Raptors, who played a third straight game without Kyle Lowry, out with a bruised tailbone.
Nuggets 80 Spurs 112
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs built a big early lead and rolled to a 112-80 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Spurs led by 13 entering the fourth quarter but ended any chance of a Denver comeback by outscoring the Nuggets 19-5 over the next six minutes.
San Antonio owned a 101-74 lead with 6:06 to play, relegating the final few minutes to mop-up time for the teams’ reserves.
San Antonio is now 19-2 at home this season; no other team in the NBA has fewer than four home losses. The current streak of 13 straight home victories is the Spurs’ longest since 2015-16, when the franchise record of 48 consecutive wins at home was snapped.
Davis Bertans poured in 18 points (15 of those in the first half), LaMarcus Aldridge hit for 15 points, and Danny Green added 11 of the Spurs, who outshot Denver 52.6 percent to 34.9 percent and owned a 53-25 edge in bench scoring.
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Gary Harris added 18 points. Denver scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Jokic poured in 16 points over the first 24 minutes for the Nuggets while Bertans led the Spurs with 15 points while hitting five 3-pointers before the break.
Denver cut the Spurs’ lead to 56-50 on Jamal Murray’s pullup jumper with 9:51 to play in the third quarter. However, San Antonio roared back, scoring 14 of the game’s next 16 point to re-establish an 18-point margin. The Spurs led 82-69 at the end of the period.