Defeat seems to be creeping closer and closer to the Warriors. But it has yet to catch up.
With Steph Curry scoring 15 of his game-high 44 points in the fourth quarter to lead yet another fourth-quarter charge, the Warriors were able to preserve their perfect record by holding off the Raptors 112-109 at sold-out Air Canada Centre.
Two other Warriors scored in double figures, as Klay Thompson fired in 26 points and Draymond Green added 16.
The Warriors moved to 21-0 this season – a record for professional sports teams in the four major American sports – while raising their overall streak to 25 in a row. They also set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive win on the road.
Curry’s two free throws with 5.0 seconds left provided the winning cushion.
The Warriors escaped despite missing 10 free throws, taking 18 fewer shots (91-73), committing six more turnovers (12-6) and being utterly dominated in the paint (58-32).
Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry generally matched Curry point for point and finished with a season-high 41 points to lead the Raptors.
No one among the Warriors was better than Curry.
Curry’s line: 44 points (14-of-24 shooting, 9-of-15 from deep) and seven assists.
This is seventh time this season Curry has scored at least 40 points in a game.
With both teams rallying and fading, this one was in doubt until the final seconds.
Not until Raptors guard Cory Joseph committed a dribble turnover with 3.3 seconds to play, giving the ball back to the Warriors, was the outcome settled.
Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (back spasms) did not dress. F Harrison Barnes (L ankle sprain) and F Kevon Looney (hip surgery) were placed on the inactive list.
Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (L hand fracture), F Bruno Cabocio and G Delon Wright were placed on the inactive list.
The Warriors travel to Brooklyn, where they face the Nets on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 pm PST.