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Thompson scores 25 as Warriors rout Raptors
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TORONTO (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Golden State Warriors never trailed in an emphatic 113-89 victory over the struggling Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

Draymond Green had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who bounced back from Thursday’s 110-99 loss at Cleveland and improved to 10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs, the best mark in the NBA.

Tempers flared after Golden State’s Festus Ezeli pushed Toronto’s Tyler Hansbrough in the throat after they tangled under the basket with seconds remaining in the third. Hansbrough responded by chasing after Ezeli, shoving him and throwing a punch that failed to connect. Both players received double technical fouls and were ejected.

Terrence Ross scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 14 for the Raptors, who matched their longest losing streak of the season with their fourth straight defeat.

Golden State was among the teams to beat Toronto in its previous four-game skid, from Dec. 30 to Jan. 8. That stretch also included losses at Phoenix and Portland, and a home defeat to Charlotte.

Forward Patrick Patterson replaced Amir Johnson in the starting lineup, but the change did nothing to boost Toronto’s offense. The Raptors shot 1 for 19 in the first, missing their final 16 attempts and setting a record for the worst single-quarter mark in team history at 5.3 percent.

Toronto’s previous worst was a 1-for-15 performance in the fourth quarter at Indiana on Nov. 13, 2012, a game it won 74-72.

Green scored 10 points for Golden State in the first and Curry had nine as the Warriors led 27-11 after one.

Ross scored to make it 35-23 with 7:37 left in the second, but Golden State replied with 10 unanswered points and closed the second on a 19-8 run to lead 54-31 at the half.

Thompson made four straight baskets, including three 3-pointers, in the opening 2:12 of the third, and Golden State led 67-33 when Raptors coach Dwane Casey subbed out all five starters just over a minute later. The Warriors led 98-57 heading into the fourth.

Kyle Lowry was the only Raptors starter who did not return in the fourth quarter.


Warriors: With Golden State playing for the third time in four nights, Andre Iguodala sat out to get some rest. Coach Steve Kerr said C Andrew Bogut could be rested Sunday at Boston. The Warriors are in the midst of a stretch that sees them play five times in seven days.

Raptors: Amir Johnson came off the bench for the first time since Feb. 19. 2014, against Chicago. His previous 79 appearances were all as a starter. ... James Johnson had the only assist by a Toronto starter.


Warriors: At Boston on Sunday night

Raptors: At New York on Saturday night.