The Toronto Raptors were without Kawhi Leonard, the franchise’s best player. They were playing their second game in as many nights on the road.
And yet, the short-handed Raptors walked into Oracle Arena on Wednesday night and blew out the relatively healthy Golden State Warriors 113-93 to sweep the season-series 2-0.
This was a potential NBA Finals preview between two teams viewed as the best in their respective conferences. It was also the second time in the last two weeks that Toronto (23-7) has taken down Golden State (19-10).
Warriors star Stephen Curry, who tied a season-low mark with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting, refused to put much stock into the regular-season affairs and said it will have no bearing if the teams meet in June.
“We’ll remember what it’s like playing against them, but it’s 0-0 from here,” Curry told Yahoo Sports. “The sweep doesn’t mean nothing in terms of when the lights are the brightest on the biggest stage in the playoffs. Everything’s different. We’ll remember how tonight was. It’s a tough vibe, but they don’t get any extra points if we were to face them in the Finals.”