Stephen Curry Lifts Golden State Warriors Past Toronto Raptors

The Golden State Warriors took care of business on Thursday night, outdueling the Toronto Raptors in a 129-117 victory. To the surprise of no one, Stephen Curry was the star of the night, logging 35 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, and two steals.

Curry hit 13 of his 21 field goal attempts and four of eight from three. It was his 19th 30+ point game of the season, his second straight, and the third in his last five games. After missing 11 games with a shoulder injury from December through to January, Curry appears to have hit his stride again: he's averaging 33.0 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.2 rebounds over his last five appearances.

The Warriors will need Curry to continue his dominance over the back half of the season. They're 25-24 and ninth in the Western Conference, but every game will be critical in a crowded field. The Warriors are only one game behind the fifth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans and one game ahead of the 11th-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. If the 2021-22 NBA champions aren't careful, climbing out of the play-in tournament may be just as likely as falling out.

The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder on Sunday night.

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