Too many turnovers at pivotal moments, leading to a slow fade down the stretch, doomed the Warriors in a 104-98 loss to the Raptors on Sunday afternoon.
Though the game was tight throughout the second half, the Warriors fumbled away late opportunities and Toronto took advantage. The Warriors never really heated up on offense, shooting 42 percent for the game. Stephen Curry finished with a game-high 34 points and a team-high seven assists but also committed six turnovers.
The Warriors (36-24) were behind 55-50 at the half but made a strong comeback in the third quarter. Their defense held the Raptors to 27.6 percent shooting (5 of 18) in the quarter.
The problem for the Warriors is that Toronto (33-26) shot 56 percent in the other three quarters, including 57.1 percent in the fourth quarter.
The loss leaves the Warriors at 2-2 on the six-game road trip, with games remaining at Indiana and Boston.
David Lee scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Klay Thompson put in 12 points on 4 of 15 shooting. Harrison Barnes came off the bench for an efficient 11.
Raptors star DeMar DeRozan finished with a 32 points on 10-of-16 shooting, adding six assists and four rebounds.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: Tainted game ball – it's always tainted in defeat – goes to Curry, who survived a rough second quarter (2 for 8 shooting) but was the Warriors' most productive player.
This was his 15th 30-point game of the season. He had 14 such games last season.
TURNING POINT: With the Warriors up 86-81 and 8:49 remaining, the Raptors went on a 14-2 run, led by Patrick Patterson and DeRozan, taking a 95-88 lead with 5:58 to play.
The Warriors trailed the remainder of the game, sealing their fate with four turnovers in the final three minutes.
INJURY REPORT: C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors on Tuesday face the Pacers in Indianapolis in the season series finale between the teams. The Warriors lost the first game, 102-94, on Jan. 20 in Oakland and haven't won the season series since 2000-01. The Warriors have lost 23 of the last 29 meetings in Indianapolis, including the last six.