The Warriors changed their defensive matchups, rolled with DeMarcus Cousins, and changed the face of this series in one third quarter push. Even after the final buzzer in Game 1, the creeping feeling was still there. Wait, that’s it? The Warriors run isn’t coming?
Playing Golden State has a wicked way of putting a pit in your stomach. Having the two best shooters in history gives them an awesome ability to equalize any game. Couple that with Kevin Durant coming back later in the series, and wins are also at a premium outside of an individual games’ runs.
The Warriors’ patented run never came in Game 1. It came in Game 2. The turning point of Sunday night was an 18-0 push by the Warriors to start the third quarter. Before Raptors fans had even had a chance to get back into their seats at Scotiabank Arena, Golden State had seized the lead after a five-point halftime deficit. They would eventually extend their lead to as many as 13 in the quarter, then finished off a “box and one” zone run from Toronto in the closing two minutes of the game to tie the series.
The minutia of how the run happened …
Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ