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Curry's 35 points power Warriors to fifth straight win

Xinhua | Updated: 2016-11-17 15:38

Curry's 35 points power Warriors to fifth straight win

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dishes off a pass behind Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson (54) as the Toronto Raptors lose to the Golden State Warriors at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Nov 16, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]

TORONTO - Reigning MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors scored a game-high 35 points in his team's 127-121 victory over the Toronto Raptors to extend its winning streak to five games on Wednesday evening.

Teammate Kevin Durant also chipped in with 30 points, nine rebounds and six assists as Golden State improves to 9-2 on the season and 5-1 on the road.

Since starting the season 4-2, the Warriors have found their groove, beating teams by an average of 14.8 points during the five-game winning streak that began on Nov 7 against New Orleans.

Despite the winning streak, Curry says he is more focused on improving as a unit rather than winning as many games possible. Last season, the team won an NBA record 73 wins but fell short in the Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"We've all been in situations knowing what it takes in April, May and June. You can't fall in love with regular season success and understand the little things that change a series and change a championship run," said Curry following the game. "It's a long season. We all are smart enough to know where we are and assess if we are championship calibre or not, on both ends of the floor."

Wednesday's game started with Toronto running away with 38 points in the first quarter on 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) shooting from the field. Toronto led 38-34 at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, Warriors' defence stepped up and held Toronto to 15 points on 5-for-24 (20.8 percent) shooting. Curry and Durant each had 10 points and helped Golden State end the quarter on a 21-4 run to take a lead that they would never give up.

"The second quarter was great, one of the best quarters we've played," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the media following the victory. "Defence was good, we didn't foul, we rebounded, that was obviously the key to the game, that whole stretch."

Entering his third season as head coach of Golden State, Kerr hopes that his team can continue to develop on both ends of the floor during the regular season to ultimately capture their second championship in three seasons.

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