Raptors 113, Warriors 93: Warriors do not display NBA Finals preview

OAKLAND – The Warriors did not offer an NBA Finals preview. Instead, they displayed regular-season sluggishness.

The Warriors fell to the Toronto Raptors, 113-93, on Wednesday at Oracle Arena, marking two distinct differences than when both teams played each other nearly two weeks ago.

Unlike their three-point loss overtime loss in Toronto that Warriors coach Steve Kerr called “the most entertaining game of the year so far,” the Warriors struggled with turnovers (17), efficiency (23.1 percent from 3-point range) and handling the Raptors’ depth. Unlike that same game, the Warriors had four healthy All-Stars, while Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard sat for a second consecutive game because of a bruised right hip.

The Warriors (19-10) are more worried about how they would fare against the Raptors (23-7) in the NBA Finals in June than their second-regular season matchup in December. Still, the Warriors hardly offered much of a blueprint.

The Warriors leaned on Kevin Durant’s efficiency because Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson suddenly lacked it. Durant had a team-leading 30 points, while shooting 13-of-22 from the field, 2-of-4 from 3-point range and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line along with seven rebounds and five assists. Thompson had 14 points on 7-of-17 shooting, while missing all five of his 3-point attempts. Curry had 10 points, while going 3-of-12 from the field and 2-of-8 from 3-point range. The Warriors could not depend on Draymond Green’s intensity since he logged more fouls (three) than points (two on 1-of-5 shooting) along with seven assists and five rebounds.

Meanwhile, Toronto’s entire starting lineup cracked double figures, including Kyle Lowry (23 points), Serge Ibaka (20), Danny Green (15), Pascal Siakam (13) and Fred VanVleet (10).

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Flames erase 2-goal deficit late, beat Flyers in overtime

CALGARY — Johnny Gaudreau scored in overtime for the Calgary Flames in a 6-5 win over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Gaudreau scored 35 seconds into extra time. The Flames (20-10-2) regained first place in the NHL’s Western Conference vaulting over the Nashville Predators, which are at home Thursday to the Vancouver Canucks.

The Flames topped the conference Saturday when they downed the Preds 5-2, but Nashville had pulled ahead with a win over the Ottawa Senators.

Philadelphia (12-13-4) continues to toil in the Eastern Conference’s bottom tier. The Flyers are 2-2-1 since the Nov. 30 firing of general manager Ron Hextall. Chuck Fletcher replaced him four days later.

Trailing 5-3, Calgary’s Sean Monahan and defenceman Rasmus Andersson scored in the final 68 seconds to force overtime.

Monahan had a pair of goals in the game with Mark Giordano and Sam Bennett also scoring for the hosts. Matthew Tkachuk had four assists.

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Giordano returned to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for kneeing Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu on Dec. 6.

David Rittich earned the win with four saves in relief of Mike Smith, who stopped 10 of 14 shots through two periods before he was replaced to start the third.

After sitting out two previous games with a lower-body injury, Sean Couturier had two goals and an assist for the Flyers.

Philadelphia also got goals from Travis Sanheim, James van Riemsdyk and Dale Weise.

Captain Claude Giroux collected two assists. Goalie Anthony Stolarz made 35 saves in …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca


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