The Golden State Warriors came into Toronto on Sunday to take on the Raptors. However the Warriors were without key off-the-bench player Jermaine O'Neal due to passport issues.
Sunday's game was a tight one, the lead seemed to be changing every couple of minutes at the Air Canada Centre. After a closely fought contest, the Toronto Raptors were victorious, 104-98.
DeMar DeRozan was a huge part of the Raptors win, especially down the stretch in the fourth quarter. It was DeRozan's third straight game scoring 30 or more points.
O'Neal has been a great presence off the bench for the Warriors as of late. The 35-year-old big man has been playing like he did when he was young star in the NBA. The Warriors definitely needed him on Sunday as he would have provided some great help coming in the game.
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson commented on the loss of O'Neal's passport, saying: "We thought we had it. The ball was dropped. We don't know whether it was stolen or lost or what have you, but we discovered it late afternoon yesterday and there was not enough time to fix it and get him here."
O'Neal is a former Raptor and is in his 18th season in the NBA. He has enjoyed a successful career and is now a solid role player for the Warriors but in his prime he was a six-time NBA All-Star, was named to the All NBA second team once and named to the All NBA third team twice. He also won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award in 2002.
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