The Raptors’ fans were ecstatic after their team’s win in GAme 1 of the NBA Finals, and at one point during the match on Sunday, it looked like they would have another memorable night at Scotiabank Arena.
But only six minutes in the third quarter were enough to completely change the game. The Raptors had what it seemed like a comfortable double-digit lead, but eight misses and five turnovers later, the home team was trailing by 13.
They gave their best to dig out of that hole, but in the end, they only managed to cut their opponent’s lead. The Warriors won the game 109-105, tying the series at 1-1.
Klay Thompson led Golden State to victory with 25 points, while Stephen Curry pitched in with 23, while Draymond Green recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds, but even that wasn’t enough to double the Raptors’ lead in the final series. Fred VanVleet contributed with 17 points, and Kyle Lowry scored 13, before being fouled out with 3:52 left on the clock.
The Raptors’ fans were angry at the referees after the game, outraged even, venting their anger on Twitter, where one of the referees was soon trending.
One Quarter Made All the Difference
Toronto played a great first half, leading by as many as 12 points, the Warriors’ fantastic third quarter crushed the home team’s hopes of doubling their lead in the final series. The ruling champions were on a 20-0 before VanVleet ended it with a three-pointer. That was 5:40 into the third, and although the Raptors gave their best, they failed to make a comeback.
12 minutes before the end of the game, the Warriors were leading by 8 (88-80), and three minutes into the last quarter, the Raptors pulled to within four points thanks to Danny Green’s three-pointer. But the Warriors’ offence was simply unstoppable, ending the night with a total of 34 assists.
Speaking after the game, the Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it had been a great win.
Bogut scored with 5:40 left on the clock to put Golden State up by 12, but the Raptors still refused to surrender, and thanks to Leonard thy cut their opponent’s lead to just five points, 1:08 before the buzzer. Green hit a three-pointer 26 seconds before the end, but Andre Iguodala also replied in the same manner, with 5.9 seconds on the clock.
Green could have scored a three-pointer at the buzzer, but his shot bounced off the rim.
The series will now move to California, with Game 3 scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
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