Toronto played a strong first half, but let the Warriors get into their usual groove in the third quarter. It cost them the game, and now the Raptors head to Oakland tied 1-1 in the Finals. The whole city was riding high the last three days, as the Toronto Raptors won their first ever NBA Finals game. The juggernaut Golden State Warriors they were matched-up against were feeling, as a result of injuries and depleted depth, more vulnerable than they’d ever been. The Raptors were one home win away from seizing control of the series, positioning themselves as the team to potentially end this Warriors’ dynasty. Kawhi Leonard was going to re-sign, Kyle Lowry was re-writing all the narratives. Everything was perfect.
And yet, the Warriors are still the Warriors, and tonight, in very typical Warriors fashion, they were able to build the Raptors’ hopes up, only to dash them, winning a tight 109-104 game on the back of a crushing third quarter run.
The game was something of a two-man show to start, with Klay Thompson carrying Golden State while Kawhi Leonard dominated for the Raptors. Toronto’s floor spacers missed some easy early shots, but Leonard got …
Author: Jacob M. Mack / Raptors HQ