Title: Lucky 13: Takeaways from the Raptors ending their 13-game losing streak at Oracle Arena
Date: December 13, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors’ thrilling upset of the Warriors in Oakland and what they can take away from the victory.
The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors on the road without Kawhi Leonard. It is very likely among the best regular season wins in the history of the franchise. There was a lot to take in and digest from what was also one of the most fun games of the season. So here are 13 takeaways from Raptors-Warriors II, one for every consecutive game the Raptors had lost in Oakland prior to this one.
A High Degree of Difficulty
Throw whatever caveats you want at this one: The Warriors didn’t get up for the game with Leonard out, they shot an unsustainable low percentage, they’re not the juggernaut version of the Warriors anymore, it’s just a regular season game, and so on. The Raptors won in Oakland on the second night of a back-to-back without their best player, against a mostly healthy Warriors team.
Just how rare is that? Well, as Chris Black of Sportsnet noted before the game, the Warriors had only lost five times in the last five seasons to winning teams on the second night of a back-to-back. They’ve had a killer instinct against top opponents and especially against top opponents coming in tired, plus they just really don’t lose much at home (155-23 before last night dating back to 2014-15). As Eric Koreen noted in a great piece on the road last night, in the past the Warriors have used these occasions to snuff out the confidence of pretenders to the throne.