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Warriors erase Raptors 27-point lead in epic comeback victory

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The Warriors played one of their worst first halves in Mark Jackson's head coaching tenure on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, but followed it up with the biggest come from behind win in franchise history topping the Raptors 112-103.


"Talent in this league will make you pay a price," Jackson said as Toronto owned Golden State through two quarters, out rebounding the Warriors 25-11 while shooting 60 percent from the floor with Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson combining for 27 first half points.

A locker room speech by Jermaine O'Neal inspired the Warriors to come out strong, but the Raptors proceed to increase their lead to 27 in the third quarter.

But as some fans headed for the exit at the beginning of the fourth, the Warriors rallied.

Their defense stiffened up just as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson began shooting away the Raptors lead combining for 26 points in the quarter in which Golden State shot 68.4 percent and held Toronto to 29.4 percent while out rebounding them 14-1.

The Warriors outscored the Raptors 42-15 in the fourth to secure the win.

"Not been a bigger win when you talk about a statement," Jackson said.

Curry finished with 27 points and 10 assists and Thompson totaled 22 points and seven assists.

David Lee scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards and Harrison Barnes added 19 points. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and five rebounds.

Jackson credited the bench production of O'Neal and Draymond Green as keys to the victory. O'Neal finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and one block while Green chipped in five boards, three steals and three points.

The Raptors collapse resulted in the Warriors pulling off the seventh largest comeback win in NBA history.


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