Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors survived to beat the Toronto Raptors 127-125 as they welcomed back star guard Stephen Curry.
One night after the Cleveland Cavaliers blew a 22-point lead, it looked like the best team in basketball were going to have a collapse of their own – the Warriors surrendering a 27-point half-time lead on Saturday.
However, the Warriors showed why they have won two of the last three NBA titles as they held on for victory.
"Definitely a wild night, we came out that third quarter and we started fouling a lot and they went to the free-throw line probably 10 possessions in a row," Draymond Green told NBA TV after the game. "That slowed our pace down and when you're playing against a set defense every time no one is as good as when you can get out in transition and get a couple of easy baskets and then get the flow going."
DeMar DeRozan did all he could to lead a comeback for Toronto with 42 points, five rebounds and three assists while going eight for 10 from the free-throw line, but 20-point games from Kevin Durant (25), Curry (24) and Klay Thompson (26) were just enough to hold off the Raptors.
Golden State have now won seven of their last eight games. The Raptors have dropped two of three.
"The one thing that we know is it’s a process," Green said. "You don't win the championship in June, you win the championship from September to May, June, and then you've got to enjoy the process, embrace it and try to get better every time we step on the floor."
WALL THE PROVIDER IN WIZARDS WIN
John Wall did not have the best shooting night going nine-of-24 from the floor in the Washington Wizards' 119-113 win over the Brooklyn Nets, but he added 16 assists to help lead his team to victory.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle had a game-high 23 points and registered a double-double with 15 rebounds in a 107-101 overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks.
Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook did what he does best, nearly registering a triple double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists all while shooting less-than-stellar from the floor as he went 10-of-27 from the field in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 101-91 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.
PISTONS LOSE AS HARRIS STRUGGLES
Pistons guard Tobias Harris went three-of-14 from the floor and 0 for six from three-point range in Detroit's 107-105 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Hornets guard Kemba Walker did not have a bad night with 19 points, but going five-of-17 shooting, including two for seven from beyond the arc, with five turnovers is not great either.
OUBRES FINISHES WITH THE SLAM
Kelly Oubre made a nice cut down the baseline, and with a little help from Wall, he finished strong at the basket.
Los Angeles Lakers 107-101 (OT) Dallas Mavericks
Oklahoma City Thunder 101-91 Charlotte Hornets
Golden State Warriors 127-125 Toronto Raptors
Los Angeles Clippers 126-105 Sacramento Kings
Washington Wizards 119-113 (OT) Brooklyn Nets
Chicago Bulls 107-105 Detroit Pistons
San Antonio Spurs 112-80 Denver Nuggets
TRAIL BLAZERS AT TIMBERWOLVES
The Minnesota Timberwolves are quietly one of the hottest teams in the NBA as they have gone 11-3 in their last 14 games. They are 28-16 after starting the season off 17-13. Karl-Anthony Towns has posted double-doubles in eight straight games and in 12 of his last 13. C.J. McCollum is averaging 21.6 points per game for the season and nearly 25 points per game in Damian Lillard's four-game absence for the Portland Trail Blazers.
19. April 2018
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|Portugal´s Sanches has no chance of World Cup selection - Carvalhal|
|Spurs coach Popovich to miss game three after death of wife|
|Nadal reaches 14th straight Monte Carlo quarter-final|
|Better with one arm - Julio Cesar reveals Mourinho´s Casillas jibe|
|New Hamilton deal ´agreed in principle´ for Mercedes|
|Joseph likely to miss England´s tour of South Africa|
|Mourinho has nothing to prove - Pochettino|
|Bhatti pens one-year Glasgow extension|
|I have spoken to the chairman - Allardyce upset by Everton survey|
|Kit cat: Bath player offers signed shirt for missing pet|
|Emery dismisses talk of Real Sociedad offer|
|Thiem rallies to send Djokovic packing in Monte Carlo|
|Sidibe´s Monaco season over but World Cup return possible|
|Guardiola thanks ´unique´ City staff in celebration speech|
|Wan-Bissaka signs long-term Crystal Palace extension|
|Love will be ready for game three, assures Cavs coach Lue|
|Injured Raonic withdraws from Monte Carlo, Cilic advances|
|ECB announces 100-ball format for new domestic competition|
|Bottas aiming to overthrow Hamilton and claim world title|
|Rakitic to make comeback following finger surgery|
|FIFA dismisses Brewster racism complaint from U-17 World Cup final|
|Isak could benefit from Batshuayi injury - Stoger|
|Mitchell on target again in scrappy Roosters win|
|Shaw hopes to have earned FA Cup start|
|Mercado: If I smack Messi, I can´t go back to Argentina!|
|Salah wants Golden Boot to prove Chelsea doubters wrong|
|Chelsea´s Alonso gets three-game ban for Long challenge|
|Atletico clash absolutely vital to Arsenal´s season, admits Wenger|
|CSA wants interim agreement amid negotiations with South Africa players|
|Wenger still confident Wilshere will sign new deal|
|Read and Coles doubts for New Zealand´s France series|
|Paine vows to dial down Australia sledging|
|LeBron James denies he was blindsided by question on Popovich´s wife|
|Guardiola a friend as well as a boss, says Walker|
|Heaton: Europe a realistic possibility for Burnley|
|Late charge for the Golden Boot! - Smalling jokes about goalscoring form|
|Grand slams, walk-off hits highlight Blue Jays and Red Sox wins|
|Emery unsure when PSG star Neymar will return|
|Broncos boss Bennett walks out on press conference amid Bellamy speculation|
|Chiefs, Rams to play in Mexico City on November 19|
|LeBron James helps Cavs even series, Rockets rout T-Wolves|
|Marcelo backs Ronaldo to extend scoring run for Madrid|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Libertad preserve 100 per cent record, Corinthians stay unbeaten|
|Man United should have 10 more points – Mourinho laments inconsistency|
|Gombau sacked by Western Sydney Wanderers|
|Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies|
|Rafael: Van Gaal told me I could leave United after one-minute meeting|
|Klopp told Liverpool they could train naked because of Salah|
|Jazz star Mitchell to play game two against Thunder|
|Twins place Byron Buxton on 10-day DL with migraines|
|Zidane denies Bale problems, defends Benzema|
|Sarri: Napoli won´t change approach against Serie A rivals Juve|
|PSG will respect Les Herbiers, assures Emery|
|Chelsea boss Conte: It´s easier for Dyche at Burnley|
|It will be a great game - Allegri prepared for title showdown with Napoli|
|Pacquiao: Matthysse fight won´t be my last|
|Maybe it is my fault - Gattuso takes responsibility for AC Milan´s winless run|
|Kovac insists Frankfurt are united amid Bayern row|
18. April 2018
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|LeBron wishes Cavaliers were better prepared for postseason|
|Sixers´ Joel Embiid doubtful for game three against Miami|
|Real Madrid 1 Athletic Bilbao 1: Kepa heroics torment Madrid until Ronaldo leveller|