Raptors 84, Warriors 81, OT
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—The Toronto Raptors took full advantage of Golden State’s stunning two-point fourth quarter.
After Toronto outscored the Warriors 18-2 in the fourth quarter to force overtime, Morris Peterson hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 3 seconds left in the extra period to give the Raptors an 84-81 victory Sunday night.
Golden State tied the NBA futility record for a period set by Dallas in the third quarter of a 1997 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The combined 20 points in the quarter also set an NBA record for the fewest in a final period.
“We picked up the intensity, played harder and played smarter,” said Donyell Marshall, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds against his former team.
“We kept saying to ourselves, ‘Let’s keep playing.’ If we could cut it to 10, with 10 to go, and then four, with four to go we would be fine. Slowly, but surely, we kept cutting at that lead.”
Golden State was 1-of-13 from the field—missing five shots within 5 feet of the basket—in the quarter, with Erick Dampier making the only basket.
“We just got relaxed and weren’t moving the ball like we should have in the fourth quarter,” Golden State’s Calbert Cheaney said. “Our defense wasn’t all that bad, but we only scored two points. That’s almost unheard of. When that happens it’s just too tough for you to win games. That fourth quarter hurt us real bad.”
The Raptors, trailing by 16 entering the final period, have won an NBA-best five times in seven overtimes this season, and coach Kevin O’Neill said he doesn’t care how it looks.
“I’d crawl across burning sand for any one of them,” he said. “People don’t realize how hard it is to win one game in this league. I’ll take any win, any time. It’s a great win no matter how you look at it.”
Vince Carter led the Raptors with 22 points, and Jalen Rose had 19 points. Rose broke a bone in the fourth finger of his left hand during a play late in the fourth quarter. He remained in the game and scored four points in the overtime.
“Two points? That’s crazy,” said Golden State’s Jason Richardson, who scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds for his eight double-double of the season. “I’ve never played in a game like that before. It’s uncalled for in 12 minutes of an NBA game to score only two points. That’s not good.”
Golden State’s Cliff Robinson and Cheaney opened the scoring in overtime, but Marshall hit a jumper to put Toronto up 81-80 with 1:21 left. Richardson made one of two free throws to tie the game, and Peterson won it with his 3-pointer from the corner.
“I had missed the same shot from the other corner and I didn’t have my feet set,” Peterson said. “Vince told me he would come right back to me. I saw the ball coming to me and made sure I was set. The shot felt good. I didn’t want to go into double overtime.”
Brian Cardinal, making his second career start, scored 14 points for theWarriors, who had a five-game home winning streak snapped.
Toronto C Chris Bosh missed his third game because of a sprained left ankle. … Warriors G Nick Van Exel sat out a second straight game because of a left hip pointer. He has missed 10 of the last 12 games. … Comedian Dana Carvey, who grew up in the area, attended the game. … Warriors G Mike Dunleavy missed his fourth straight game because of a sprained left ankle. … The Raptors had a season-low 10 assists. … Cleveland and San Antonio combinedfor 21 points in the fourth quarter of a game in 1997.