It should be noted that the other team competing on this night has been periodically resting its own superstar even though he doesn't now have anything wrong with him, simply because he was hurt most of last season and they want to avoid a repeat.
It's nearly a habit now.
Leonard led the way with a season-high 37 points for Toronto, while Durant had a jaw-dropping 51 for Golden State.
The Raptors will get the chance to sweep the season series when they visit the Warriors on December 12.
With so much hype and attention around this game, would they lock in immediately? They are now 4-6 on the road.
"We obviously have a lot of smart people that are taking care of us and trying to make sure we're protected from ourselves in certain situations", Curry said. "We weren't defending; we were turning the ball over".
Nearly every game this season, the Warriors have started Damian Jones at center.
The Warriors are 15-7 and only behind the Clippers in the Western Conference standings. That's what the matchup seemed to dictate. Jerebko led the bench with his 20 points.
It marks the first time in his career that Durant has totalled more than 40 points in three consecutive National Basketball Association games and with Curry to come back following a groin strain sustained in a defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks on November 8 the Warriors will be looking to become more consistent. Leonard scored 22 points in the first two quarters, a season high for any half.
The only "statement" was this: Basketball played a high level but its most accomplished practitioners can be a handsome and breathtaking game to watch.
Durant, oozing cool confidence and craftiness, pumped in 18 points in the third quarter. Those 176 points were achieved with 54.1-percent shooting, including 40 percent from deep. "He can score at any point".
Look for the Warriors to counter with Kevon Looney, who is a very good perimeter defender and a good rebounder. His clutch corner three to extend the game past regulation was not enough to secure a win, but he dropped 51 points while contributing 11 rebounds and six assists in 43 minutes.
Serge Ibaka chipped in with 20 points of his own, Kyle Lowry had a modest double-double of 10 points and 12 assists, and Danny Green made some clutch three pointers towards the end of the game.
Durant capped an 18-point third quarter with a 32-foot pull-up 3, the final basket in a personal 13-point streak. His shooting stretches the floor and his rebounding is as solid as it is needed.
Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson, meanwhile, join the 1961-62 Lakers trio of Elgin Baylor, Rudy LaRusso and Jerry West as the only sets of three teammates to each record a 50-point game in the same season.
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