Stephen Curry Makes a Little Girl's Dream Come True

Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors

The matchup prompted Thompson to suggest the night was a potential preview of June's National Basketball Association finals. Leonard scored nine for Toronto, which led 67-58 at the half.

It's the seventh successive win for the Raps, who now have a record of 19-4. The last time Golden State dropped five-straight on the road was during the 2012-2013 season. The Raptors coach wore a shiny royal blue suit jacket for Sager Strong night in honour late National Basketball Association sideline reporter Craig Sager, known for his colourful attire.

Nick Nurse certainly was dressed for the occasion.

The Warriors were depleted considerably for the hotly-anticipated showdown.

With a little help from influencers on Twitter, Morrison's letter got into the hands of Curry. Draymond Green (right toe), Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot) and DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles tendon) sat injured, too.

Riley Morrison, a 9-year-old from Napa, loves the game of basketball and at the top of her list of role models is Stephen Curry.

So she wrote him a letter.

Curry had worked out earlier Thursday, but the team said he'd make his comeback Friday in Detroit instead.

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Golden State is now 0-2 in overtime contests this season. But the Raptors clawed their way back and when Green drilled a three-pointer with 4:42 to play, it capped an 8-0 run that put Toronto back up by 10, prompting a deafening roar from the Scotiabank Arena crowd that included Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, Drake, and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.

Adding to the intrigue is Kevin Durant has been on fire for the Warriors lately with an average of 41.7 points in his last three games, including a 49-point showing against the Orlando Magic in his last outing. The Spurs lost that game and Leonard for the series, and were eventually swept, causing many to wonder what might have been.

The Warriors game was the second in a tough stretch for the Raptors.

The Raptors dominated so thoroughly in Thursday's first quarter, some scenes felt surreal.

Leonard connected on his first six shots of the game and scored 13 points in the first quarter. Pascal Siakam breezed past Andre Iguodala for a thundering dunk. He told Riley to plan on being in Oakland that night.

Durant, oozing cool confidence and craftiness, pumped in 18 points in the third quarter.

The Warriors pulled within eight points with a 21-10 run in the second, and the Raptors went into the halftime break up 67-58. Lowry got a steal on the next Golden State possession.

The Raptors fly to Cleveland on Friday for a Saturday night meeting with the Cavaliers.

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