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OAKLAND, Calif. - Forced to go small, the Golden State Warriors keep coming up big.East or West, they are the best team in the NBA right now — and they want everyone to know it.Stephen Curry had 32 points and 12 assists, Draymond Green got his first career triple-double and the Warriors rolled past the Toronto Raptors 126-105 on Friday night in a matchup of conference leaders.One thing we always say when were playing against a team like this is, This is a team we could possibly play later on in the year, Green said. Try to make a statement.Did they ever.Green finished with 16 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, and three others scored in double digits to help the NBA-best Warriors (26-5) wear down the Raptors (24-9) in the second half. Golden State started the third quarter on a 23-5 run and thwarted the Raptors brief rally with contributions from all over.I went in the locker room and just told them, I dont have much to say other than wow, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Torontos loss allowed Atlanta to move into first in the East.Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points, and Kyle Lowry had 22 points and eight assists for the Raptors, who lost consecutive road games for the first time this season. Toronto fell to 2-3 on its six-game trip, which ends at Phoenix on Sunday.Golden State kept up its blistering pace without a true centre as Andrew Bogut (right knee) and backup Festus Ezeli (left ankle) continue to recover from nagging injuries.Kerr mixed and matched smaller lineups — using Green and Marreese Speights down low and sometimes nothing but forwards on the floor — to push the pace and maximize his teams versatility.The Warriors outshot Toronto 53.3 per cent to 46.5 per cent. They also tied a season-low with nine turnovers, while the Raptors had 17.Thats a well-oiled machine. Their small lineup is one of the best in the league, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.The Warriors went 5 for 6 from 3-point range in the first quarter to take a 40-31 lead. It was the most points Golden State has scored and the most the Raptors have allowed in the first quarter this season.Even with the Warriors putting on an offensive spectacle, Toronto didnt go away easily.Lowry overcame early foul trouble and Vasquez hit four 3s in the first half to help the Raptors regroup from a 14-point deficit. Golden State led just 66-61 at intermission.When we feel threated, Speights said, we always play better.Just as they have so often during the best start in franchise history, the Warriors leaned on their defence and their leading man to pull away behind one big burst.Curry capped the spurt by throwing down a hard dunk as Lowry tried to block him from behind. Curry screamed as Lowry tried to inbound the ball and the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 roared to its feet — along with several teammates.I couldnt stop screaming when he did that either, Green said.The Raptors, playing without All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan (torn muscle in left groin) for the 16th straight game, closed to 110-101 before Curry finished with a flurry — scoring 10 points in a three-minute span.The Warriors also got key contributions from Speights (26 points and eight rebounds), Klay Thompson (20 points), David Lee (12 points and seven rebounds) and Justin Holiday (nine points).Their small ball really got to us, Lowry said. I think they kind of just went up and down a little bit too fast at a pace we didnt really want.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto has lost 10 in a row at Golden State, a skid that dates to February 2004. ... The Raptors are 11-6 since DeRozans injury. ... Landry Fields started at small forward after missing the last five games recovering from a concussion. He had two points and three rebounds.Warriors: Golden State has won 11 straight home games and is 13-1 at Oracle Arena this season. ... The Warriors are 10-0 against the Eastern Conference.SHARING THE ROCKThe Warriors had 35 assists, the league-most 11th time theyve had at least 30. It also was the first time the Warriors had at least 35 assists in consecutive games since April 1994.UP NEXTRaptors: At Phoenix on Sunday.Warriors: Host Oklahoma City on Monday. Custom Philadelphia 76ers Jerseys . -- Chicago manager Darold Butler has a message for the Windy City. Darryl Dawkins Jersey .J. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to start the off-season training program with a surgically repaired left ankle. ... -33/.Kessy tried to show what he can do playing left wing for the Oilers in 5-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in pre-season action. Amir Johnson Jersey . -- Arizona pitcher Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss a week to 10 days because of a back injury. Julius Erving Jersey . The Laval Rouge et Or defensive back/kick-returner gained the invitation following his showing Sunday at an NFL regional combine in Baltimore.Washington, DC ( - Alexander Ovechkin scored the go-ahead goal to propel the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders in the finale of a home-and-home set at Verizon Center. Matt Niskanen tallied a goal and two assists, Evgeny Kuznetsov supplied a goal and a helper and Marcus Johansson and Joel Ward each scored for Washington, which bounced back from a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum. Its a big one for us, said Johansson. We have to get as many wins as we can and if we go in and play like we did today, especially the last half of the game, were going to give ourselves a really good chance to win. Braden Holtby turned aside 26 shots in the win. John Tavares and Anders Lee each lit the lamp for the Islanders, who had their five-game win streak come to an end. Chad Johnson allowed four goals on 26 shots. We didnt handle the puck the way we wanted to, Lee said. They took advantage of some opportunities and tonight our sloppy play cost us. Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 3-2 lead midway through the second period after he received a lead pass from Tom Wilson at the right circle and fired a well- placed shot past Johnson. Kuznetsov took a loose puck in the corner and drifted across the right circle before unleashing a wrister into the back of the net to add an insurance marker for Washington 5:56 into the final stanza.dddddddddddd Ward sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:28 remaining. Washington opened the scoring on the power play after Niskanen blasted a shot from the right point past a screened Johnson at 11:51 of the first. Johansson snapped a shot over the blocker of Johnson from the top of the left circle with 1:33 to play in the opening stanza, but the Islanders netted two goals in a span of 35 seconds to make it a 2-2 game heading into the second. Nick Leddy fired a shot from the left point, but Holtby failed to control the rebound as Tavares was there to wrist it home from the right side of the net at 18:58 Lee cut through the slot and redirected Travis Hamonics shot into the top of the net to tie the game with 27 seconds left in the period. Game Notes Jack Capuano coached his 300th game with the Islanders ... Capitals forward Brooks Laich returned to the lineup after missing 15 of the last 16 games with a left shoulder injury ... Holtby won his 68th game for the Capitals, passing Pat Riggin for sixth place on the franchise wins list ... Holtby improved to 6-1-1 in his career against the Islanders ... The Capitals are 9-1-1 this season when scoring first. 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