Raptors take Game 3 in Oakland
The Toronto Raptors took advantage of the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors and won Game 3 of the NBA Finals 123-109 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
The team from the North, managed to pull off the win despite an NBA Playoffs career-high night by two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who scored 47 points for the Warriors. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists.
The Raptors performance was spurred by Kawhi Leonard, who recorded 30 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Kyle Lowry added 23 points and nine assists.
The Eastern Conference Champions Raptors had an incredible road win which also included another double digit performance from Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam who added 18 points to the team’s tally and Congolese forward Serge Ibaka who had a big night on the boards blocking six shots.
The defending champion Warriors were without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
Draymond Green finished 6-for-10 from three-point range, and his 18 points were the most he has scored in these playoffs.
Toronto had six players in double-figures for just the third time in their 21 playoff games.
The Raptors 17 total 3-pointers are tied for the third most in a Finals game in NBA history.
The Warriors missed Thompson more on defence than they did on offense. He was the team’s primary defender on Leonard in the second half of Game 2 before he suffered his strained hamstring.
In Game 3, Draymond Green was Leonard's primary defender and did a more than reasonable job, however, the likes of DeMarcus Cousins and Andrew Bogut were a step slow and had trouble containing his dribble.
In Thompson’s absence, Quinn Cook played 27 minutes, the most he's played in his postseason games.
The Raptors lead the series 2-1, Game 4 is scheduled for Friday night (3am CAT Saturday morning).