Warriors bounce back from Christmas Day defeat

Los Angeles (AFP) – The Golden State Warriors, stung on Christmas Day in their NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers, took charge early Wednesday in a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Kevin Durant posted a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds and Stephen Curry scored 28 points for the Warriors, who had squandered a double-digit fourth-quarter lead in their 109-108 loss to the Cavs.

“It’s huge,” Curry said of the bounce-back win. “Obviously that game (on Sunday) didn’t go how we wanted it to.”

He said the 22-9 Raptors, second to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, were a “good test” — and the Warriors looked determined to pass it from the start.

Golden State made nine of their first 10 shots en route to a 22-4 lead less than five minutes into the contest.

Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 21 points in Golden State’s 42-point first quarter.

Draymond Green scored 14 points and handed out 10 assists for the Warriors, who improved to 28-5.

There were miscues to be sure, notably 20 turnovers by the Warriors.

“It wasn’t

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