They faltered out of the gate.
Golden State seemed to drain every shot they took…multiple 3-pointers (20 on the night) among them…while the Raptors watched their shots bounce off the rim and the backboard.
But they never backed down.
They never gave up.
Kawhi Leonard, who was uncharacteristically quiet points-wise in the first three quarters, started to light up the board in the fourth (12 of his 26 points in the fourth). The Raptors would tie the game early in the frame and eventually take the lead forcing the Warriors to battle back.
And they did. With scant seconds left on the clock.
Kyle Lowry would launch one last shot from the corner at the buzzer in the hope it would fall in for the win.
It did not.
“It felt great out of my hands. He [Draymond Green] got a piece of it. That’s what great defenders do.”– Kyle Lowry
“Our team has reacted all year long great to bad losses. It takes a lot to beat this team.”– Raptors head coach Nick Nurse
The Raptors have two more chances to win their first title. They’ll try again Thursday in California – where they have already stolen two games. Game Seven, if necessary, will be back on home court.
- Kevin Durant returned to the Warriors lineup after missing the first four games due to injury. He left the game early after re-injuring his leg
- Six Raptors scored in double figures: Lowry had 18 points, Marc Gasol had 17, Serge Ibaka finished with 15, Pascal Siakam chipped in with 12, and Fred VanVleet finished with 11.
- More than 1000 people were at Barrie Molson Centre to watch the game on the big screen
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