Warriors’ win over Raptors forces game 6
The Associated Press
TORONTO — Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge that gave the Golden State Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3¢ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd.
The Warriors lost Kevin Durant barely a quarter after getting him back but got the win, cutting Toronto’s lead to 3-2 and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, having to give the ball up.
After three quarters, Curry had 26 points, Thompson 20 as the Warriors held an 84-78 lead at that point.
DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points off the bench for the Warriors, who were 15 for 32 from 3-point range through three quarters.
Marc Gasol had 17 for the Raptors, and four of his teammates were also in double figures. However, Leonard was just 4 for 15 from the floor, and the Raptors were 5 for 24 from beyond the arc through three.
The Warriors went on a 10-0 run to open a 77-63 lead — and the Raptors immediately answered with a 10-0 run of their own, fueled by a pair of 3-pointers by Fred VanVleet.
Including the playoffs, the Warriors are 58-6 this season when leading going into the fourth. The Raptors are 9-23 when trailing entering the final quarter.
During the game, it was reported that Durant suffered a right lower-leg injury. The Warriors say an MRI will be performed today to determine the severity of the injury.
Durant was hurt in the second quarter after scoring 11 points in 12 minutes. He had missed the previous nine games with a strained right calf.
Curry had 23 points and Thompson scored 12 to build a 62-56 lead at halftime.
Gasol had 15 points, Leonard 13 and Pascal Siakam 10 for the Raptors in the first half. However, again, Toronto struggled from long range, going just 2 for 12 from 3-point range. That Raptors trailed by as many as 13 points in the half.
The game was also marred by a power outage at the outset of the game.
Toronto Hydro said outages were reported in some parts of the area and that crews were dealing with them as Game 5 was tipping off. The utility company says most of the outages were fixed in the first quarter.
In a tweet to customers, the company said they “would like to thank everyone again for your patience — we know it’s a big day for the city. Let’s go Raptors!”