Raptors win Game 4, take 3-1 series lead
The Toronto Raptors stunned the Golden State Warriors and entire city of Oakland by winning back-to-back road games and taking a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals series.
They won Game 4 105-92 and are now a win away from claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy from the defending champions.
Three-time All-Star Kawhi Leonard looked unstoppable finishing with a 36-point, 12-rebound double-double and also pulled off four steals for the Raptors.
Congolese forward Serge Ibaka was sensational off the bench and scored 20 points, shooting 9-for-12 while Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam added 19 points to Toronto’s score sheet.
“I was just trying to play basketball out there, and we know they would try to take Kawhi away, double him. So I just tried to play in the space. And also Kawhi and Kyle, all the guys, they did a great job to find me every time I was moving,” said Ibaka.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who had 10 points, seven assists and three steals commented on Ibaka’s performance saying “When Serge is at his best, it's on that defensive end. And when he brings that intensity and that fierceness, it's kind of tough to stop him on both ends of the floor. It makes a big difference when he can do that.”
Golden State sharp shooters Klay Thompson and Steph Curry combined for 55 points, but the Splash Brothers did not get enough support with only Draymond Green also scoring in double figures. He was one rebound short of a triple-double with 10 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds.
“It's not over. It's not a good feeling right now, obviously, but like you said, we have been on both sides of it. And for us it's an opportunity for us to just flip this whole series on its head, and you got to do it one game at a time. It sounds cliché, and for us that's literally the only way we're going to get back in this series, is give everything we got for 48 minutes, everybody that sets foot on that floor in Game 5,”explained Curry.
The total of 92, was the fewest amount of points the Warriors scored this postseason.
Now, the Raptors will look to close out the series in Toronto Monday night (Tuesday morning 3am CAT) and it will be a win-or-go home for the Warriors who now have to win three consecutive games in their quest for their third straight NBA championship.