Warriors get gritty to take game 2
The defending champions Golden State Warriors put up a gritty road performance to hand the Raptors a 109-104 defeat in Toronto, in Game 2 of the NBA finals on Sunday night.
The series-tying game saw the Warriors make another change to its starting lineup with the inclusion of center DeMarcus Cousins, who returned from injury and only played briefly in Game1.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 48 points, but the hero of the night was Nigerian-American forward Andre Iguodala, who hit an open three with 5.9 seconds left on the clock and sealed the Golden State bounce-back in the series.
Draymond Green had a near triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assist, and the reigning NBA champions overcame Toronto’s late run down the stretch.
The Warriors will now look forward to going back home to Oakland for Games 3 and 4.
When asked what the Warriors' next game plan to avoid some of the mistakes that were made in Game 2 would be, Green said: “We're always going to make mistakes. That's just the nature of the game we play. You're playing against a great team. They're in the NBA Finals for a reason, they're going to force you to make some mistakes. It's about the effort that you put out there on the floor to overcome those mistakes. I think we did that tonight. We're never going to play a mistake-free game. None of us are expecting that, but you try and minimise the mistakes and take advantage of the opposite team's mistakes.”
Warriors sharp shooter Thompson suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter and sat out the remainder of Game 2.
Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors in their losing effort with a 34-points, 14-rebound double-double, with Fred VanVleet putting up 17 on the scoreboard, but it was not enough in the end.
Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam, who had a game-leading 32 points in Game 1, was held to 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Congolese forward Serge Ibaka had seven points and 10 rebounds.
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1, Game 3 is Wednesday night (3am CAT Thursday morning).