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TORONTO — — Jordan Poole had a career-high 43 points, Klay Thompson had 17 and the Golden State Warriors won for the first time in five tries this season without the injured Stephen Curry to beat the Toronto Raptors 126-110 on Sunday night.

Draymond Green returned from Friday’s loss at Philadelphia because of right quadriceps and finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes as Golden State snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-14 on the road.

“Everybody has to step up when one of our leaders goes down,” Poole said. “We did that tonight, top to bottom of the list.”

Kevon Looney added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, whose last win came on Nov. 27 at Minnesota.

“It shows how good we can be,” Looney said of winning without Curry. “It’s always going to be hard to win when you’re missing one of the best players in the league. He’ll be gone for a while, so we’ll have to get used to trying to win without him. I hope we’ll be in a good place when he comes back.”

Curry missed his second straight game after injuring his left shoulder in last Wednesday’s loss at Indiana. The two-time MVP and eight-time All-Star is not expected to need surgery, but his return date is unclear.

Poole shot a career-high 14-for-23 made field goals and was 5-for-11 from 3-point range.

“He was incredible on both sides of the ball,” Green said.

Poole scored 30 points for the fifth time this season and the 16th time of his career. His previous career high was 38.

“He’s had a lot of great games for us,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “If it’s not the best, it’s definitely one of the best because he was great on both ends.”

Pascal Siakam had 27 points, Fred Van Vleet 22 and Scotty Barnes 17 as Toronto snapped a season-high five-game losing streak. The Raptors have lost three straight at home.

“This is a terrible move,” Van Vleet said. “You don’t want this, you don’t expect this, and you can’t accept this.”

Green scored Golden State’s first nine points on 3-pointers, one more than he had in any complete game all season.

“It was a great start,” Kerr said. “Draymond felt good from the start of the game.”

Golden State led 68-54 at halftime and took a 102-80 lead into the fourth.

ADVICES

Warriors. Poole shot 10-for-11 at the free throw line. … JaMychal Green tied his season high with 15 points.

Raptors. Gary Trent Jr. (left quad) sat out the second straight game. F OG Anunoby (left hamstring) missed his fourth straight. Before the game, coach Nick Noursi said Anunoby would likely return later this week. … Started 7-for-9 from the field in the first quarter but shot 1-for-11 the rest of the period. … Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs sat courtside.

SHARE THE BALL

Golden State led the league in assists at 29.4 per game and had 11 assists on 13 baskets in the first quarter. The Warriors had more assists (18) than rebounds (17) in the first half. They finished with 31 assists and 43 made baskets.

NOT CANADA

Warriors F Andrew Wiggins sat out a seventh straight game with a strained right reliever, missing another chance to play in his hometown of Canada since Jan. 30, 2018, when he was with Minnesota.

TOWN PASSED

Thompson and Green played for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals in Toronto. Curry hasn’t played north of the border since that series.

NEXT

Warriors. in New York on Tuesday night.

Raptors. Monday night in Philadelphia.

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