NBA Raptors edge Warriors 131-128 in overtime

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The Warriors have gone 5-5 in Curry's absence.

The Raptors snapped the Warriors three-game winning streak, defeating Golden State128-131 in overtime Thursday night.the loss also snaps Golden State's eight game winning streak versus Toronto. Draymond Green (right toe), Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot) and DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles tendon) sat injured, too.

With Thursday night's win, the Raptors advanced to 14-1 on the season when leading after the first quarter, emphasizing the importance of starting games off strong.

NBA superstar Stephen Curry has jumped into action after a nine-year-old girl pointed out in a heartbreaking letter that Under Armour did not make his "Curry 5" basketball shoes in girl's sizes. He promised to fix the issue, sent her some shoes and invited her to celebrate Women's Day with him at an event in Oakland. The Warriors kicked off a five-game road trip, which matches their longest of their season. But the Raptors clawed their way back and when Green drilled a three-pointer with 4:42 to play, it capped an 8-0 run that put Toronto back up by 10, prompting a deafening roar from the Scotiabank Arena crowd that included Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, Drake, and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. Leonard scored 22 points in the first two quarters, a season high for any half.

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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.

The Warriors game was the second in a tough stretch for the Raptors.

Leonard connected on his first six shots of the game and scored 13 points in the first quarter. A mesmerizing bit of back-and-forth passing between Kyle Lowry and Leonard befuddled the Warriors and ended in a bucket.

The much-anticipated night - a rare nationally televised game in the US, and the Warriors' only regular-season trip to Toronto - lived up to its promise. In 12 games this season, Curry is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 51.5 per cent from the floor. Durant seemingly had an answer for each run made by the Raptors and kept the Warriors within striking distance despite being shorthanded. Klay Thompson helped Golden State with 26.

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