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Warriors extend season high win streak to four in ugly win over Raptors

Having notched a season high three wins in a row coming into last night’s home game against the Toronto Raptors, one couldn’t help wondering if Golden State would suffer a mental lapse after knocking off three Western Conference opponents. For most of the game it appeared this would be the case.

The Raptors controlled the tempo of the game from the outset running the floor and penetrating the Warriors porous defense. Rafer Alston and Rafael Araujo led the charge netting several easy driving layups while the Warriors defense seemed like it was moving in slow motion.

As has been the case for most games this year, the Warriors exhibited a frightening dependency on outside jump shooting. Fortunately, Clifford Robinson and Troy Murphy hit a few key three point shots early to keep their team in the game in the first quarter.

The potent offensive tandem of Mike Dunleavy and Jason Richardson provided much of the scoring in the second quarter, yet sloppy defense allowed the Raptors to head to the locker room with a three point lead.

The Warriors showed moxie in the opening minutes of the second half quickly erasing the Raptors lead and maintaining a four point lead for the opening minutes of the third period. A bad pass by the Warriors’ Derek Fisher sparked a Raptors run that lead to a six point Raptors lead by the end of the third.

With barely two minutes left in the game, the Raptors clung to a two point lead. Derek Fisher exhibiting the clutch shooting he displayed with the Lakers brought the crowd to its feet knotting things up at 103-103. After the timeout, the Warriors never looked back sealing their season high fourth victory in a row with a score of 111-107.

Jason Richardson led all scorers with 35 points. Richardson’s output was complimented by solid performances by Mike Dunleavy (29 points) and 17 points a piece for Troy Murphy and Derek Fisher.

In the past week, the Warriors have managed to post nearly a third of their total victories going 4-0. The only team hotter right now is the Miami Heat. One can only hope this East Bay corvette doesn’t hit any brick walls.