All those fatigue-inducing circumstances looked pretty irrelevant for much of Saturday night, as the defending champions built a 27-point lead halftime lead over the at the Air Canada Centre.
"I kind of heard quite a bit this year that we should only get three max, but I don't see why not four?"
And the Warriors during that span?
Curry sat out a home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and the win at Milwaukee with a sore right ankle, the same injury that kept him out of 11 games in December. Curry was fouled and sealed it with a pair of free throws before VanVleet hit a buzzer-beating 3. My jaw didn't drop.
The Warriors rank second in offensive rating and fourth in defensive rating this season, and they'll provide a stiff test for a Raptors team that has won seven of their past eight games.
Curry finished with 24, including a large, run-stopping three pointer late, Durant 25.
While fan ballots only count for 50 percent of the total vote-media and the players each receive a 25 percent share of the pie-Durant (1,326,059) and Curry (1,369,658) topped the Western Conference frontcourt and backcourt, respectively, in updated returns released to the public on Thursday.
After Curry missed the two free throws with 45.2 seconds left, Durant's field goal with 21.3 seconds left put Golden State ahead 125-122.
"They key word is believing", Casey said. "A win is a win, especially on a back-to-back". The 133 points scored by the Raptors was a franchise record for most points scored in a non-overtime game, and it was the ninth time this season the team has topped 125 points, also a franchise record.
"It's frustrating being out there feeling like you're playing 5-on-8", DeRozan said.
While temperatures were frigid outside, the NBA-best Warriors started off white-hot.
Green and Thompson each scored 10 points in the first and Golden State led 43-35 after one, its highest-scoring opening quarter of the season. It was the Warriors' biggest half of the season and their first 80-point half away from home since November 2, 1990, at Denver (87 points). Toronto is averaging a league-best 19.3 points per game off turnovers. After a video review, Golden State was awarded possession with three seconds left.
"I thought Malcolm was great, being able to guard Thompson and also being able to run the offense and take advantage of the ball movement", Kidd said.
"And I have all the respect in the world for our officials, but when you go in and have that situation, guys fighting their hearts out ... again, maybe they thought we didn't deserve it the way we played in the first half, I don't know".