OAKLAND — As humbling and as embarrassing as Monday’s Mile High beat-down was produced, at least the Raptors had a built-in excuse.
Playing at high altitude on the back end of a back-to-back after an improbable win in Oklahoma City, a Thunder team that was as hot as any in the NBA, the one-sided score was understandable.
Along comes Friday night in the Bay Area, where the Raptors should have stayed in their swanky hotel in San Francisco and not bothered to board their bus that took them to Oakland.
There are nights that must be forgotten, but the sting of this 138-100 blowout will resonate because it underscored just how little compete-level Toronto summoned.
There were injuries to deal with, matchup problems that could not be overcome, especially in the backcourt and on the perimeter, but there should never be an excuse for quitting, which is what the Raptors did for one of the few times in this lost season.
Their body language was bad, their defence even worse in one of the worse losses in a season full of humiliation and pain.
As if to add to their woes, the game began with the Raptors shorthanded in the wake of injuries to Amir Johnson (ankle) and Reggie Evans (foot), two rotation players who have each started at power forward.
Joey Dorsey, little-used during most of the season and virtually forgotten in recent weeks, would have been the likely beneficiary of the team’s injury circumstance, but the hard-working Dorsey came down with flu-like symptoms.
Mind you, none would have made much of a difference the way the host Warriors shot the ball with uncanny accuracy against a defenceless Raptors team.
Evans, perhaps, may have committed a hard foul on one of the many Warriors who drove the lane with impunity.
When they weren’t getting back in transition, the Raptors were getting beat far too often on the perimeter, blow-bys that led to easy baskets, easy looks that would lead to baskets on kick outs yielding the highest total in the opening quarter in club history.
When the opening period carnage was completed, mercifully, the Warriors had made 17-of-21 shots and pour in 45 points, a staggering number that could have risen to 50 had free throws been converted and had a couple of calls gone Golden State’s way.
This was not a grind-it-out game featuring defence, needless to say.
For those wanting offence, it was your kind of night because neither team showed any willingness or ability to defend.
Under such backdrops, the team that gets up and down the floor quicker with players capable of putting the ball on the floor are going to flourish.
For Golden State, the pace and style were tailor-made to its dynamic backcourt of Stephen Curry, who entered the night unbeaten in three previous meetings against his dad’s former team, and Monta Ellis.
The Raptors shot 72% from the field in the first quarter, established James Johnson in the post and were able to create plenty of good looks.
But it was simply too easy for the Warriors, who continued their scoring blitz into the second quarter and ultimately led 84-58 at the break.
The 84 points represented the highest first-half total in the NBA this season.
For the record, the 84 points allowed by the Raptors in the opening half were the most in franchise history.
Combined, Curry and Ellis netted 39 points on 13-of-19 shooting, including a perfect 6-of-6 from three-point land, 13 assists and one turnover.
When the second half began, it was announced that Jose Calderon would not be returning after straining his left hamstring.
It was that kind of night for the Raptors, who end their five-game road trip Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers.