“Drake Night,” an annual acknowledgment by the Toronto Raptors of hip-hop artist Drake, was Wednesday at Air Canada Centre, and it was ruined.
The sold-out crowd had the Golden State Warriors to thank for that.
The fans in attendance on Drake’s Authentic Brian Winters Jersey night were mute and in disbelief going into the break. Everything was going the Warriors’ way.
But it didn’t start off so well for Golden State. The Warriors came out sluggish and out of sync. Prior to imposing their will, Curry and Zaza Pachulia had a two-on-one break in the second quarter, and Curry bounced the ball to his big man, who went up wildly for a layup. The ball rolled around the rim and looked as if it would spin out, but it eventually found the bottom of the net. It appeared as if it would be one of those nights when nothing comes easily.
Klay Thompson added 15 points, and Green supplied 11 Authentic Bruce Carter Jersey points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks. Lowry ended with 24 points and five assists for Toronto.
Drake, the Raptors’ global ambassador, was seen talking trash all night from his courtside seat near the scorers’ table. He was sporting a long-sleeved T-shirt with a picture of ESPN’s Doris Burke on the front and the caption, “Woman Crush Everyday.”
The Raptors didn’t end up crushing Golden State, though.
“He’s been talking junk for a couple of weeks now,” Green said of Drake. “Talking about how they were going to beat us and that it’s Drake Night. He may be a little disappointed. The shirt was nice, the shirt was really nice, but his boots were so bad, and I was a little disappointed in his outfit overall.”
The Raptors did outscore the Warriors in the third and fourth quarters, which illustrates the importance of that defensive effort in the second quarter.
“The second quarter was great,” Kerr said. “It was one of the best quarters we’ve played, and it’s probably the only quarter we played tonight the way we want to play … that was the key to the game.”
Golden State has taken 13 of its past 15 games against the Raptors. Toronto wrapped a brutal two-game stretch, having played the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers the night before on the road.