After the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors last night in an overtime thriller 131-128, it has us ready for the next matchup between two of the league's top teams.
Let's take a look at when they face off next and each team's schedule leading up to that contest.
Wednesday, December 12 - Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
TV: TSN 1 / 4 / 5, RDS2
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
This is the second and final regular season meeting between these two teams, coming two weeks apart from their first matchup.
The Raptors have a grueling schedule leading up to this contest, likely decreasing the probability of Kawhi Leonard suiting up for this one. They play five games in an eight day span - they're at home versus Milwaukee on Sunday, Dec. 9, then hit the road for a four-game West Coast road stretch. This Warriors game is the second leg of a back-to-back, as they take on the LA Clippers the night before on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Following the game against Golden State on Wednesday, they play the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Dec. 14 and then travel to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Dec. 16. You could argue that this is the toughest stretch of Toronto's entire 82-game season.
As for the Warriors, it's quite the contrary. They only play three games that week with two of them at home and the other right down the road. They host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, Dec. 10 then have a day off to prepare for the Raptors game. They'll take on the Toronto at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and conclude their week at the Sacramento Kings on Friday, Dec. 14.
The first meeting between these two teams did not disappoint. Kawhi Leonard finished with 37 points and eight rebounds, Pascal Siakam dropped 26 points and Kyle Lowry had a near triple-double with 10 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Kevin Durant scored 51 points to go with 11 rebounds and six assists including an insane fadeaway 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. Yes, this will be just another regular season game but with the Finals atmosphere last night provided, you won't want to miss this one either.