Fallen Warriors

KEVON Looney of the Golden State Warriors rolls on his back after missing a dunk against the Toronto Raptors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. AFP

OAKLAND — Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka combined for 43 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in 14 years with a 113-93 victory on Wednesday.

Lowry finished with 23 points and 12 assists and Ibaka tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto won despite not having Kawhi Leonard in the lineup.

“It is good for us to get out there and everyone is touching and moving the ball. Move it, swing it, play with some pace,” Lowry said.

“It is our second game on this road trip so a good win for us. Something to build off.”
Danny Green scored 15 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Fred VanVleet added 10 to help the Raptors improve to a league-best 23-7, matching the best start in franchise history.

Toronto won despite not having Leonard for a second consecutive night with a sore right hip.
The Raptors also lost seven-foot center Jonas Valanciunas to a dislocated left thumb in the first half.

The Warriors lost their second straight game to the Raptors and were so hopelessly outclassed that they sat their starters and went with their reserves late in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t make shots early in the game and it affected our energy,” said Stephen Curry, who had 10 points. “They got into us early and played aggressive and that set the tone.

“It was one of those tough nights. They are obviously a great team.”

Elsewhere, Kyrie Irving drained a clutch three-pointer with 16 seconds left as the short-handed Boston Celtics used a variety of interchangeable parts to beat the Washington Wizards 130-125 in overtime.

Irving delivered a game-high 38 points, including consecutive three-pointers in the final 40 seconds of overtime, to propel Boston past the Wizards for their seventh-straight victory.

Irving outduelled Wizard star guard John Wall and scored Boston’s last 12 points.

“Those last two shots were amazing. He made it look easy,” coach Brad Stevens said of Irving, who has had six career overtimes with at least 10 points.

Jayson Tatum scored 12 points and grabbed 12 boards for a double-double and Marcus Morris added 27 points for the Celtics, who had to shuffle the roster because they were missing three top players, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown.

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