Toronto Raptors 105 – 106 Golden State Warriors
TOR leads 3-2
The Warriors came alive in Game 5 forcing a Game 6 back at Oracle on Thursday night.
Kevin Durant made an appearance before he fell injured again in the second quarter – then hung on a dramatic 106 – 105 Game 5 victory. Durant hit his first two shots and scored 11 in the first quarter. The Warriors said he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.
Despite Durant’s injury, the Warriors entered the break up 62-56. Golden State started the second half on a strong note, opening up a 12-point lead early in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Raptors made their move. After scoring just one point in the fourth quarter, Kawhi Leonard went on a tear, scoring 10 straight points for Toronto to give the Raptors a six-point lead and putting an NBA Championship within their grasp.
Kawhi Leonard had 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks, but his 12-point fourth quarter wasn’t enough.
“I just told the team I didn’t know what to say because on the one hand I’m so proud of them, just the amazing heart and grit that they showed, and on the other I’m just devastated for Kevin,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “So it’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now. An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.”
“They’re amazing,” Kerr said. “They’re amazing competitors, great shooters. Mark Jackson said it years ago, they’re the best shooting backcourt of all time. But maybe what people don’t know is how competitive they are, and I thought that showed tonight.”
The series is now 3-2 to the Toronto Raptors.
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