Clippers going all-out with recruitment of Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant

Clippers going all-out with recruitment of Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant

The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors upstaged National Basketball Association champions the Golden State Warriors 113-93 on the road.

The Warriors were in a much better place than they were when they visited Toronto two weeks ago with both Curry and Green back in the lineup for the rematch.

Following his team's 113-93 loss on Wednesday night at the claws of the Raptors, Durant reflected on what he had seen from Toronto in their two meetings this season.

The Raptors' performance was so good, they got Durant's attention. They got a new coach, but the leaders of that team have been through some wars. We knew it was going to be a challenge for us and I thought that Kyle did a phenomenal job leading the team. The Raptors repeatedly beat the sluggish Warriors to loose balls and outrebounded the two-time defending champs 48-40.

"They are not an up-and-coming team, they are here".

Kyle Lowry finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Raptors while Serge Ibaka had a wonderful game with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

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Aside from being outrebounded, the Warriors committed 17 turnovers and shot 6-for-26 from the three-point line. "She had a big impact because she had nine of us and I was the last one", the 51-year-old coach said of his mother.

Thirteen days later, with a healthy Curry and Green, the rested, zooming Warriors faced the Raptors trudging into the second night of a back-to-back without Kawhi in Oakland. Curry, who was recently named the Western Conference Player of the Week, went just 3-for-12 from the field and scored just 10 points.

Even Durant recognized the greatness spuing from Nurse's squad by saying the Raptors 'are here'. It's a different feeling, it's a different vibe.

The Clippers will be coming off a grueling 123-119 overtime victory at Phoenix against the lowly Suns on Monday, but taking the floor did allow them the chance to distance themselves a bit from a demoralizing defeat to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

"It's harder to get up for each game so there are certain nights when you just feel it".

But just as there is truth in the schedule win, there is also truth in the schedule loss and there was the very real possibility that the Raptors would be on that end of things Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

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