TORONTO -- When Warriors guard Monta Ellis hits the hardwood and doesn't pop back up, you know something's wrong.
And with 1:22 left in the game Monday, when he landed awkwardly after a driving layup attempt, Ellis didn't pop up. He hardly moved. The image of the Warriors' best player lying on the floor robbed some of the luster from their first road win of the season, a 109-102 victory over Toronto.
"I didn't realize he was still on the floor," point guard Stephen Curry said. "Hopefully it's not serious. It's tough to see him have to get helped off the floor. He's a strong guy who will hopefully bounce back quick."
With help, Ellis slowly limped off the court straight to the locker room. He was X-rayed for a lower back injury. Results will be made available today, the team announced. Instead of heading to New York with the team, Ellis stayed in his Toronto hotel room. His status for Wednesday's game at the Knicks is uncertain.
Before Ellis went down with an injury, he and Curry resurrected the Warriors' struggling offense. Ellis finished with 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting. Curry had a game-high 34 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.
They dominated the Raptors backcourt, which did get a big night from guard Jarrett Jack (24 points and eight assists). Thanks largely to the scoring punch of Ellis and Curry, Golden State (5-2) shot a season-high 52.7 percent from the field.
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The Warriors still played solid defense, winning the rebounding battle (42-32), limiting Toronto center Andrea Bargnani to nine points below his average and holding the Raptors to 42.4 percent shooting the first three quarters. The Warriors had played well on the defensive end lately but struggled to get points. Until Monday.
But the Warriors' snapping their four-game streak of mediocre offense took a back seat to Ellis' injury. After the game, several players in the locker room said they didn't know what was wrong with Ellis or the severity of his injury.
He suffered the injury when he drove baseline and went up with two hands. He was met at the rim by Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and forward Amir Johnson. Ellis' momentum carried him forward, but the midair contact pushed his torso backward. When Ellis' feet hit the ground, his upper body fell backward, his feet underneath him.
"I will have to check it out on film to see what really happened," Warriors coach Keith Smart said. "I just know that he went to the basket, had some contact there and probably jammed himself a little bit."
The played led to a layup by Raptors swingman Sonny Weems on the other end, cutting Golden State's lead to 107-102.
The Warriors had a 20-point third-quarter lead. They led 90-74 with just shy of 11 minutes left in the game. But Weems scored three times during a 12-0 Raptors run, a spurt he capped with a lob pass to Johnson to cut the Warriors' lead to 90-86 at the 7:15 mark.
But Curry -- who struggled with turnovers and poor decisions for stretches Monday -- carried the Warriors offense the rest of the way, scoring 14 points over the final 6:58. After Ellis' injury, Curry sealed the game with a pull-up 19-footer at the one-minute mark.
"He's still in that growth cycle," Smart said. "And maybe in a year, he will be up there with the Jason Kidds and guys like that, (Deron) Williams and (Chauncey) Billups, where they know how to manage a game. I have to be very, very patient with that so I have to deal with the bad."
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