NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors beat Toronto Raptors in Game Five
Stephen Curry tallied 31 points for the Warriors, who lost the brilliant Kevin Durant to harm in the second quarter. The Raptors had, nevertheless, trailed by 14 in the third quarter and head coach Nick Nurse said: “In this day and age, up six minutes to go does not mean a great deal. Moreover, that stat is guaranteed to provide the Raptors expectation of making history on Friday night after seeing their advantage decreased to 3-2 with a turnaround in the fourth quarter. The Raptors have another chance to clinch the title in Oakland on Friday.
However, Thompson and Curry each sank three-pointers to haul Golden State back into the game at the fourth and the latter scored another to help keep them forward with under a minute on the clock. “I felt great at the point we needed to make a couple more plays.” Kathy Leonard top-scored for Toronto with 26 points, such as a back-to-back three-pointer, to give his side a lead of six (103-97) with just over three minutes remaining in the match.
The Golden State Warriors maintained their pursuit of a third straight NBA title living with a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors in game five. Kerr added: “Our defense was bending down the stretch, but we did not break, and the final stop was tremendous.” “So it is a bizarre feeling most of us have now – an incredible win plus a dreadful loss at the same time.” The Raptors, searching for a first title, had headed the seven-match show 3-1, an advantage that has just been overturned once in Finals history. Kathy Leonard’s 26 points for the Raptors were not enough at the fifth game of the NBA Finals Game seven, if needed, will be back in Toronto on Sunday. The relief has tempered, but by the reduction of Durant, who had just returned to the court from a calf problem after missing nine playoff games, and suffered a right Achilles tendon injury which left him unable to continue.
The 30-year-old that had been appointed 2017 and 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player and is Golden State’s top playoff scorer using 34.2 points a game left the venue on crutches and will have a scan. The Warriors won three titles in the past four seasons their loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 is the only event a team has given a 3-1 lead to Finals. Following a Kyle Lowry score, the Raptors had one last opportunity to steal the title, but a superb Raymond Green block refused Lowry that a three-pointer on the buzzer. Point guard Curry, 31, described Monday’s match as”do or die,” including: “It was not pretty in the second half, but we only made the shots.” “On the one hand I am so proud of them, just the wonderful soul and grit they revealed, and on the other, I am just devastated for Kevin,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.