• Kaunda Chama

Warriors take Game 5, keep championship hopes alive

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

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The defending champions Golden State Warriors won Game 5 of the NBA Finals, defeating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 and keeping their hopes of another NBA title alive.

The Warriors got out of the gate strong led by their starters including a solid performance by Kevin Durant, who was back from injury to start the game. He put up 11 points and was 100% from three-point range before tweaking his calf injury and being assisted off the floor with 9:35 left in the second quarter.

Despite the somewhat deflating loss of Durant in the first half, the Warriors kept their composure and only let go of the lead twice in the period, but led by as much as 12 points in the first half.

Commenting on Durant’s injury, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said: “In this league we're all brothers. At the end of the day, we're all brothers and it's a small brotherhood and you never want to see a competitor like him go down.”

Golden State showcased their championship calibre and seemed to have an answer for everything that Toronto had to throw at them.

The game had an aggressive start with both teams making numerous turnovers, the Warriors finished with 15 and the Raptors had 13.

The “Splash Brothers” were impressive. Stephen Curry had a great performance with 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Klay Thompson scored 26 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Draymond Green was two assists shy of a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, while DeMarcus Cousins was good off the bench with 14 points and six rebounds.

The Raptors had six players with double digits. Kawhi Leonard had a 26-point, 12-rebound double-double, Kyle Lowry had 18 points, four rebounds and six assists, Marc Gasol had 17 points and eight rebounds, Congolese forward Serge Ibaka had 15 points and six rebounds, Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam had 12 points and four rebounds, while Fred VanVleet put up 11 points.

The Warriors led by eight points at the half with the sore at 62-56.

The second half was also mostly dictated by Golden State, and although Curry struggled a little from range, they managed to take a 14-point lead at one point.

A late rally by Toronto led by Leonard, saw the home team take a six-point lead with about 2:30 minutes left in the game.

However, some inspiring play and marksman-level shooting from Curry and Thompson saw the tables turn quickly as the Warriors regained the lead and made it a one-point game following a 9-0 run.

In an attempt to take the lead on the last play, with five seconds left, Leonard had possession but was doubled by Thompson and Nigerian-American forward Andre Iguodala and passed to VanVleet, who passed to Lowry, who failed to connect from three-point range.

The series returns to the Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Friday morning at 3am CAT.

“I hope no one has anything left in the tank tonight because if you do, you didn’t give enough tonight. But when we step back on our floor for Game 6, that’s all that matters. It’s not like we’re the only team battling. They’re battling as well. Everybody is facing fatigue at this point. No one cares who is tired or if you’re facing a little fatigue. You’ve got to do what you came here to do anyway,” commented Green.

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