Toronto Raptors have handed Golden State Warriors the heaviest defeat of the NBA season, destroying the 2018 champions 130-77 in a scarcely believable, 53-point rout.
Toronto once led by as many as 61 points and had double the Warriors points tally in the fourth quarter before the side trimmed the deficit— and avoided the indignity of suffering the league’s worst-ever loss.
The record is still the 68-point loss Miami suffered to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1991, while the Warriors’ worst loss remains a 63-point defeat in 1972.
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The Warriors were without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, but they were listless against an outfit that had lost 13 of its past 14 matches.
“Without Steph and Draymond out there, I think we were a little bit rudderless when things went south,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “We didn’t have the internal fight that we needed to get over the hump.”
Worst of all was the third quarter, when the Raptors outscored the Warriors by 32 points — their biggest point differential in any quarter of its NBA history.
ESPN reports that it was the first time the Warriors had been outscored by 30 or more points in one quarter in the shot-clock era.
Pascal Siakam dropped 36 points on the Warriors, while OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Junior had 21 and 24 points respectively.
No Warriors player scored more than Andrew Wiggins’ 15 points.
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