Warriors hold on to big lead this time around as Kevin Durant stuffs Raptors late-game rally
Kevin Durant filled the stat sheet to deny the Raptors comeback bid with 22 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks. AP

THE Golden State Warriors held steady and avoided another late-game collapse from holding a big early lead this time around after Kevin Durant came up with crucial blocks to turn back the Toronto Raptors, 121-111, at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

After blowing a 14-point lead in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Warriors started out on fire in the first half, shooting 74 percent, for 72 points, leading by as much as 25 before the Raptors cut it down to five late in the second quarter.

Golden State, though, recovered to lead by 18 at the break and even led by 18 with seven minutes to play in the fourth.

But the Raptors cut down to lead to five with more than three minutes left with a 15-2 blitz. Steph Curry stopped the bleeding with two free throws after gathering a Durant three-point miss, before Durant and Draymond Green came up with back-to-back blocks on DeMar Derozan.

Durant also added two more swats in the final play for good measure as the Warriors held on to the win.

Curry finished with 28 points while Durant had 22 markers, 17 rebounds, seven assists and six blocks to help the Warriors push the league-leading record to 28-5. Klay Thompson added 21 points, while Green had a double-double with 14 markers and 10 assists to go with two steals and blocks.

DeRozan and Kyle Lowry scored 29 and 27 points, respectively, to lead the Raptors, who fell to 22-9 with the tough loss. Terrence Ross added 24 markers off the bench.

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