Rookie guard Stephen Curry wasn't going to shoot. But as the seconds ticked away during the Warriors' 124-112 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night at Oracle Arena, the referee told him he needed to shoot or it would be a turnover since the shot clock was about to expire.

So Curry shot. From 32 feet. All net.

"I didn't even see him take it," guard Anthony Morrow said. "One of those nights."

Curry's 3-pointer gave the Warriors 16 for the night. That's two shy of the franchise-record for 3s made in a game that Golden State has done three times, the last against Memphis on Jan. 3, 2007.

Knocking down 3-pointers has been the norm of late for the undersized Warriors. Over the first 50 games, the Warriors made 10 3-pointers in a game just five times. The past 15 games, they've done it 12 times.

The Warriors are shooting 45.9 percent from deep in those 15 games. Saturday, they were 16-for-27, the most since making 17 at Atlanta last March.

The 3-point shot was a large reason the Warriors snapped their six-game losing streak and got their first win in March.

"There is usually four guys that can comfortably shoot 3s on the floor," Curry said. "That makes it hard for a defense to guard all of them, especially when the same guys can put it on the floor and get to the basket. It's tough to defend, and we are knocking them down."

Warriors guard Monta Ellis, shooting 32.3 percent from 3-point range entering Saturday, knocked down a career-high five 3s, missing just two attempts.


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"I felt good before I even came to the arena," Ellis said after scoring 31 points. "It was one of those nights for everybody. It wasn't just me. It was everybody."

Ellis and Curry dominated on both ends.

On offense, Curry and Ellis combined for 66 points on 25-for-43 shooting. Curry had 10 assists and six rebounds to go with his 35 points. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.

On defense, Ellis switched over to Toronto guard Jose Calderon, who had 22 points and seven 3-pointers through three quarters. Calderon had two points in the fourth quarter.

Also, Curry had four steals and Ellis two, spearheading a scrappy Warriors defense that collected 11 steals.

And forward Anthony Tolliver contained Raptors big man Chris Bosh — who finished with 24 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, but was hardly dominant.

Curry and Ellis both had a hand in the fourth-quarter stretch that put the game away. Curry scored seven straight points, including 3-pointer that put the Warriors up 111-98.

Then after an Ellis bank shot, Curry chased down a loose ball and saved it as he fell out of bounds. It went right to forward Corey Maggette, who converted it into a fast-break layup.

Thanks to Curry's fourth-quarter explosion, the Warriors didn't blow a double-digit lead for the second consecutive game. Golden State led by 13 points against visiting Portland on Thursday before collapsing and losing. Saturday, the Warriors led by 12 and played Toronto even over the final 12 minutes.

"They've played some really good games together," Warriors coach Don Nelson said of Ellis and Curry. "And, of course, they've played some not-so-good games together. It's great to see when they share the ball and take care of each other when they're open."

Notes: Nelson needs six more victories to become the NBA's all-time winningest coach. ... Toronto guard Marco Belinelli, a former Warrior, went scoreless in seven minutes of action. He missed his only two attempts, both 3-pointers, and had two steals. ... The Warriors' hottest hand from deep on the team is Morrow. He's made 13 of his past 19 attempts from behind the arc.

He was 3-for-6 from 3-point range Saturday. ... Golden State had a season-high 18 offensive rebounds and outrebounded Toronto 42-39. The Warriors are 7-3 when they grab more rebounds than their opponent. Overall they are 18-47.