TORONTO - Stephen Curry tossed aside a restrictive ankle brace, then ran right through the Toronto Raptors.
Curry scored a season-high 34 points, Monta Ellis added 28 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors, 109-102, on Monday night.
Ellis, the NBA’s leading scorer, was taken for X-rays on his lower back after falling under Toronto’s basket late in the fourth quarter. He remained down for several minutes before being helped up and walking slowly to the locker room.
“He was ready to pop up sooner,” Warriors coach Keith Smart said. “I think it was more concern with the doctors that were there, our trainer that was there, to make sure when you have something like that happen, don’t do something too soon.”
Curry, 6-for-9 in the fourth quarter when he scored 16 points, said his game improved after he ditched the brace on his right ankle at the end of the first quarter.
“It feels freer, I think,” Curry said. “My ankle is in good shape right now but the brace is a little too restrictive. I’m getting rid of it and going with the heavy tape job.”
Curry was injured in Golden State’s final exhibition, aggravated it in the season opener against the Houston Rockets, then rolled it again Oct. 29 in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers. He sat out two games.
Minutes after removing the brace, Curry went down after landing on a courtside photographer and limped to the locker room to have his ankle re-taped.
“At first it was pretty scary because I knew that feeling of when I initially rolled it,” he said. “I was waiting for the pain to come.”
Fortunately, the ankle was fine and Curry was back on the court to start the second half.
“As long as the cameramen back up one or two feet, I’ll be all right,” he said.
Toronto’s Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 24 and Linas Kleiza added a season-high 20 points but the Raptors lost their fifth in a row.