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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry warms up before the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland Calif. Friday Nov. 23 2018

Toronto hadn't beat Golden State since 2014.

The Golden State Warriors eight-game win streak over the Raptors ended on Thursday night before a bellowing Toronto crowd revelling in what could be a preview of the National Basketball Association finals.

In what should've been Kawhi's night to bask in all on his own, some dude named Durant had other plans, matching Leonard's season-high and raising him a game-high in points while shoving an egregious 51 down the Raptors' throats and nearly single-handedly stealing one for the ailing Warriors, who were without Steph Curry and Draymond Green. The Warriors were the National Basketball Association champs in three of the past four seasons.

Thompson capped a 9-0 Warriors run that pulled the visitors to within two points with eight minutes to play. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock sat courtside.

Leonard drove and kicked to Ibaka on the final possession, but the Raptors big man couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

While Golden State is an extremely hard team to maintain a big lead against, it is becoming a concerning trend for Toronto to let teams back in, as Detroit, Orlando and Miami have all chipped away at big deficits to make things interesting down the stretch. With 22 seconds left, and the Raptors clutching a three-point lead, Andre Iguodala had a clear path to the basket but was whistled for travelling, and Siakam iced the victory with three free throws in the dying seconds. Rookie NBA head coach Nick Nurse patrolled Toronto's sideline in a daring iridescent electric-blue sports coat.

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It was the marquee National Basketball Association game of the night, with the TNT crew of Chris Webber and Marv Albert broadcasting courtside, and all sportscasters wore flamboyant suit jackets to honour the late sideline reporter Craig Sager.

Golden State is now 7-2 (.777) versus the Eastern Conference this season.

The reigning two-time Finals MVP dropped 51 in what was his third straight game with at least 40.

Unfortunately, Golden State-Toronto won't include Stephen Curry, who has missed the last 10 games with a strained groin.

Moving forward, the Raptors can and will improve upon the ways in which they play with a lead provided they learn from common themes in the games in which leads were cut into.

"It feels different for us when we know we're playing one of the best teams in the league". The Raptors went up by as many as 18 and led 38-25 to end the quarter. The Raptors made just 1-of-7 from beyond the arc in the second.

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