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    Raptors score easy win over Warriors squad missing big guns

    Dec 19, 2021
    Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet
    Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes power the Raptors past an undermanned Warriors squad.
    PHOTO: AP

    TORONTO — Fred VanVleet had 27 points and 12 assists, Scottie Barnes scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed Golden State Warriors, 119-100, on Saturday night (Sunday, Manila time).

    Precious Achiuwa scored 17 points and Yuta Watanabe had 12 for the Raptors, who never trailed. Toronto has won five of seven.

    Golden State was without Steph Curry (rest), Draymond Green (right hip), Andre Iguodala (right knee), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left knee). The five returned to California after Friday's win in Boston rather than risking COVID-19 exposure, and a potential quarantine, in Canada.

    Jonathan Kuminga scored 26 points and Damion Lee had 14 as Golden State lost for the first time in four games. The Warriors came in with the NBA's best record at 24-5 but lost the finale of a five-game Eastern Conference road trip in which they went 3-2.

    Toronto shot 45 for 90, becoming the first Warriors' opponent this season to shoot at least 50% from the field. Golden State had gone 31 games without allowing an opponent to shoot 50%.

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    Golden State was also without guard Jordan Poole, who is in the NBA's health and safety protocol.

    About an hour before tipoff, Raptors forward Pascal Siakam and guard Dalano Banton entered the health and safety protocol.

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    Toronto forward OG Anunoby returned to the starting lineup after missing 13 games because of a sore left hip. Anunoby scored seven points in 28 minutes.

    The Warriors visited Toronto for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, but recent Ontario government COVID-19 restrictions limited capacity to 50%. Attendance was 7,988.

    Toronto led 31-18 after one quarter and boosted its advantage thanks to 12 points from VanVleet in the second. VanVleet had 20 points and 10 assists in the first half as the Raptors led 63-42 at the intermission.

    The Raptors led 96-96 through three quarters.

    Scottie BarnesRookie Scottie Barnes plays 33 minutes, shooting 8 for 12.

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      Warriors: Scored a season-low 42 points in the first half. The Warriors had 44 in the first half of a Nov. 28 road win over the Clippers. ... Shot 4 for 17 from 3-point range in the first half.

      Raptors: C Khem Birch (right knee) was out. ... VanVleet's 10 assists in the first half matched Golden State's team total in the opening two quarters. His career high is 17, set Oct. 25 against Chicago. ... Achiuwa returned after missing four games because of a sore right shoulder. Achiuwa was also in the health and safety protocol the past two games.

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      Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes power the Raptors past an undermanned Warriors squad.
      PHOTO: AP
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