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Unbeaten Warriors win 12th straight

THE Golden State Warriors made it an even dozen wins to start the NBA season on Tuesday, but their 115-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors was no cakewalk.

The reigning champions Warriors looked to be on cruise control when they rolled to an 18-point lead in the first half.

But they had to battle to hang on for the win as the Raptors, led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, rallied to take a two-point lead with 5:54 to play on two free throws by Lowry. The free throws capped a 10-1 scoring run that saw the Raptors erase a seven-point deficit.

However, the Warriors immediately countered with a surge of their own, triggered by an Andrew Bogut dunk on a lob from Draymond Green.

Stephen Curry’s basket with 1:28 to play built the Warriors’ lead back to five points.

But it had dwindled again to one, at 109-108, and the Raptors had the ball with 24.6 seconds remaining. Lowry committed a foul with a moving screen with 15.4 seconds left to turn the ball over.

Golden State made six free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the win, Curry making four of them to complete a 37-point, nine-assist game.

“It was actually too close down the stretch, but we got the job done,” said Curry, whose Warriors are closing in on the all-time best season start of 15-0, achieved by Washington in 1948-49 and the Houston Rockets in 1993-94.

The Warriors tied their club record for consecutive regular-season wins with 16.

Elsewhere, it was: Wizards 115, Bucks 86; Timberwolves 103, Heat 91; Nets 90, Hawks 88; Pistons 104, Cavaliers 99; Knicks 102, Hornets 94; and Nuggets 115, Pelicans 98.


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