The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif.–The defending NBA champs are working to rediscover their defence.
Not to mention their basic rebounding fundamentals of boxing out and ability to avoid silly fouls.
They barely beat the scrappy Raptors to avoid an 0-2 home start.
“Our defence has been horrible,” Draymond Green conceded.
Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 31.9 seconds left on the way to 30 points as the sloppy Warriors held off Toronto 117-112 last night.
Kevin Durant’s three-pointer with 1:02 to go tied the game at 112, then he found Curry for the “trey” that made the difference.
“A four-year-old up in the stands probably could have seen that we should have been boxing out,” Durant said of the 17 offensive rebounds surrendered.
“We don’t want to build bad habits and ‘Coach’ is doing a good job of correcting us when we make mistakes.”
Durant finished with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, Klay Thompson scored 22 points with four three-pointers, and Curry capitalized with a huge second half.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points for the Raptors.
He drove through the paint for a dunk with 3:53 to play, then hit a key jumper a minute later to put Toronto in position after Curry, Durant, and Thompson each missed key “3s” down the stretch.
Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and two steals but also six of Golden State’s 17 turnovers.
Jakob Poeltl had 11 of his 14 rebounds on the offensive glass.
“It’s a focus thing,” Green said.
Curry scored 13 of his points in the third quarter, and the defending champs avoided falling to 0-2 at home after losing their opener to Houston on Oct. 17.
He made an off-balance layup with 1:28 to go then Golden State made a stop on the other end before Durant’s big “3.”
“We had ourselves in a great position and we made some key mental mistakes that cost us,” DeRozan said.
“Nothing went our way, everything went their way in that last minute,” he noted.
Pascal Siakam scored 20 points as Toronto lost its 13th in a row at Golden State and seventh-straight in the series.
Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Kyle Lowry 14 points and nine assists.
The Raptors next visit the L.A. Lakers on Friday, continuing a season-long six-game road trip.
Elsewhere in the NBA, Detroit dumped Minnesota 122-101, Charlotte beat Denver 110-93, Houston edged Philadelphia 105-104, Brooklyn downed Cleveland 112-107, and Oklahoma City bounced Indiana 114-96.
San Antonio beat Miami 117-100, Dallas downed Memphis 103-94, Phoenix upended Utah 97-88, and the L.A. Lakers shaded Washington 102-99.