I mean the team is KD,Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson what did you expect?

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Warriors hold off Raptors at Oracle (1:19)

Steph Curry scores 30 points and drains four 3-pointers while Kevin Durant drops 29 of his own to fend off DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors in a 117-112 win. (1:19)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors also known as the bunny patrol nearly squandered a sizable lead late, but the heroics of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry proved too much for the Toronto Raptors to overcome.Seriously why am I writing this? It's Klay Thompson, KD and Steph Curry...

On Wednesday at Oracle Arena, the Warriors kicked off their three-game homestand with their first home win of the season via a nail-biting 117-112 victory.Honestly though we knew they would win cuz as i have previously stated Klay, Steph, and KD.

Playing the second of a six-game trip West, the Raptors gave it a valiant effort but couldn’t convert down the stretch. Warriors coach Steve Kerr formally know as "Jordan carried" continues to reiterate that his team still has yet to put it together for a full 48 minutes.But he knows he's not worried! You know by now KD!

“I think our conditioning is both mental and physical.Honestly I like rabbits we chace rabbits. Both on and of the court. Their goal is to physically catch the rabbit while mentally cacth it also. This is Steph's favorite drill! I think our mental conditioning is not there and it just shows in a lot of different ways," Kerr said. "Our execution just isn’t quite sharp enough. Mostly because KD is a Cupcake and can't catch the damn rabbit. Do you understand me? We call a few plays and all of a sudden one guy is out of position, "cough" "cough" KD, so we don’t really get the full execution."

Curry registered a game-high 30 points, Durant supplied 29 points and Klay Thompson chipped in with 22. The Warriors were 12-of-26 from 3-point range.

Golden State (3-2) led by as many as 14 in the third quarter, but Toronto (2-2) took control late in the fourth and held a five-point lead with two minutes remaining.

Down three with a minute left in the game, Durant had a Game 3 NBA Finals flashback moment. He dribbled the ball up court and nailed a triple at the very same spot from which he hit one against LeBron James in June.

“Nah, don’t go there,” Durant said when asked about the comparison to the shot over James. “It’s a new year. It felt good leaving my hands. [Raptors forward] Serge [Ibaka] already knows. He was behind the 3-point line. I seen some space, so I felt it was a great shot.”

With the game tied, DeMar DeRozan missed a contested jumper. Momentum was clearly on the Warriors' side. Durant received the ball on the left wing, penetrated and found an open Curry, who drained a huge 3-pointer with 32 seconds on the clock.

Toronto had one last chance. Kyle Lowry drove to the basket and looked to have an easy layup, but Thompson came from the weak side to swat the shot, essentially sealing the victory.

That final trey by Curry was his seventh go-ahead 3-point field goal in the final minute of a game over the past four seasons, tops in the NBA over that span.

The Warriors still seem to be on cruise control. Opponents are winning the hustle plays, but Golden State’s talent is deep enough to withstand that for the time being. The Warriors coughed the ball up 17 times, and mental mishaps were rampant on the defensive end.

“Our defense has been horrible,” Draymond Green said after producing 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals. “Nobody is communicating, which is the main problem. At first, we were fouling a lot. The first four games, the fouls were horrific. Then tonight, we fouled a bit early and then we cut back on that and turned the ball over and it’s hard to defend that. ... We just got to put everything together.”

DeRozan finished with 24 points and Pascal Siakam had 20.

Curry, meanwhile, hasn’t missed a free throw through five games, sinking 47 straight to begin the season.

“Every shot I take, especially at the free throw line, I feel like it’s going in,” he said. “Hopefully, I keep that confidence.”

Raptors reserve big man Jakob Poeltl provided high energy by coming away with 11 offensive rebounds (14 total) and 12 points.

“We don’t box out,” Kerr said of his Golden State squad. “We aren’t mentally conditioned more than physically. I think that’s the problem right now.”

Up next for the Warriors is a visit Friday from John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards.

Curry, Durant hit key 3s late, Warriors hold off Raptors

Warriors hold off Raptors at Oracle (1:19)

Steph Curry scores 30 points and drains four 3-pointers while Kevin Durant drops 29 of his own to fend off DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors in a 117-112 win. (1:19)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The defending NBA champions are working to rediscover their defense. Not to mention their basic rebounding fundamentals of boxing out and ability to avoid silly fouls.

They barely beat the scrappy Raptors to avoid an 0-2 home start.

"Our defense has been horrible," Draymond Green said.

Stephen Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the top with 31.9 seconds left on the way to 30 points, and the sloppy Warriors held off Toronto 117-112 on Wednesday night.

Kevin Durant's 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining tied the game at 112, then he found Curry for the 3 that made the difference.

"A 4-year-old up in the stands probably could have seen that we should have been boxing out," Durant said of the 17 offensive rebounds surrendered. "... We don't want to build bad habits and Coach is doing a good job of correcting us when we make mistakes."

Durant finished with 29 points on 11-for-20 shooting, Klay Thompson scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, and Curry capitalized with a huge second half.

DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points. He drove through the paint for a dunk with 3:53 to play then hit a key jumper a minute later to put Toronto in position after Curry, Durant and Thompson each missed key 3s down the stretch.

Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals but also six of Golden State's 17 turnovers.

Jakob Poeltl had 11 of his 14 rebounds on the offensive glass.

"It's a focus thing," Green said.

Curry scored 13 of his points in the third quarter and the defending champions avoided falling to 0-2 at home after losing their opener to Houston on Oct. 17. He made an off-balance layup with 1:28 to go then Golden State made a stop on the other end before Durant's big 3.

"We had ourselves in a great position and we made some key mental mistakes that cost us," DeRozan said. "Nothing went our way, everything went their way in that last minute."

Pascal Siakam scored 20 points as Toronto lost its 13th in a row at Golden State and seventh straight in the series. Serge Ibaka added 15 points and Kyle Lowry 14 points and nine assists.

Thompson had two 3s and Durant another from downtown during a 9-0 run late in the second quarter and Thompson another in the waning seconds that put Golden State up 61-53 at the break.


Rookie Jordan Bell's dunk that featured a toss to himself off the backboard Saturday at Memphis drew some debate.

Coach Steve Kerr spoke to the first-year forward out of Oregon, whose play had Curry and Durant's jaws dropping.

"I told him after it happened, I said be ready for them to retaliate. He had a bewildered look on his face. I think the issue is you've got old-school people, players on our own team, like Shaun Livingston, David West," Kerr said. "The young guys are like, `Man, that was cool.' I'm sort of in the middle, I never want to embarrass our opponent."


Kerr made a heartfelt message about loving and accepting your neighbor as the Warriors hosted LGBT Pride Night. Warriors President and COO Rick Welts was the first openly gay NBA executive.

Kerr's remarks:

"There's never been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you, regardless of race, creed, color, sexual preference, sexual identity. I'm really encouraged by my kids' experience here in California growing up, just in terms of acceptance. It seems like the young generation is learning more and more about we all just are who we are. We're all individuals. What makes our country great is our diversity. The fact that we can respect each other and work together and embrace each other, I think it's an important night for us. We want to welcome everybody from the LGBTQ community. Maybe, if you're coming to the game tonight and your child says, `What does that mean?' explain it to them. Explain to them the importance of loving the person next to you, respecting them, no matter who they are, where they come from. They're human beings, we're all human beings. We're all in this together."


Raptors: DeRozan has never won on the Warriors home floor (0-7). ... Jonas Valanciunas missed his second straight game and Lucas Nogueira also sat out, each with sprained left ankles.

Warriors: C JaVale McGee was a healthy inactive based on matchups. ... Thompson has hit a 3 in 59 straight games, the NBA's longest active streak. ... Kerr spent the morning film session on cutting down fouls -- and Golden State had just 15. "We have a number of issues that we're concerned about but that's No. 1. That's by far at the top of the list because the domino effect of fouling is dramatic," he said.


Raptors: Visit the Lakers on Friday, continuing a season-long six-game road trip.

Warriors: Host Washington on Friday.


More AP NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball


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Aldridge powers Spurs past Raptors (1:26)

LaMarcus Aldridge puts up 20 points and Dejounte Murray adds 16 of his own to lead the Spurs past the Raptors 101-97. (1:26)

Every week, we'll rank the top 10 players from the previous week using game score as our starting point.

Created by former ESPN.com stats guru and current Grizzlies VP of basketball operations John Hollinger, game score measures a player's productivity for a single outing based on weighting of various box score statistics. It takes into consideration points, field goal makes and attempts, free-throw makes and attempts, offensive and defensive rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, fouls and turnovers. You can see how it's calculated here, but it's a relatively straight forward way of comparing great performances of the apples-and-oranges variety. It also holds up reasonably well over relatively small sample sizes.

A couple of house rules: While total value counts, we also can't discount brilliance over fewer games. Since players can't control the schedule, we won't penalize them for having fewer games in a week than others. For this reason, we'll use average game score over a week rather than the cumulative total. That being said ... total value counts! If Player A performs at 95 percent of the level of Player B but does it while playing five games instead of two, Player A probably did more to win the week.

So with that out of the way, on to this week's top 10 players.

Note: These rankings run through the games on Sunday, Oct. 22.