With the Golden State Warriors trailing 3-1 in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Kevin Durant was cleared to play in Game 5 for Golden State after he has missed the last month with a Calf injury. Durant suffered that injury back in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets at home in the second-round in the second-half.
Durant scored 11 points and was 3-for-3 from downtown, but he reinjured himself in the game and was carried off the court in the second-quarter. General Manager Bob Myers confirmed after the game Kevin Durant has an Achillies injury and he will have an MRI on Tuesday.
Even despite all of that, the Warriors trailed 105-99 with less than 3:30 in regulation. Toronto called a foolish timeout and then Golden State went on a 9-2 run, including Klay Thompson’s game-winning three pointer with 57.6 seconds remaining and the Golden State Warriors won Game 5 over the Raptors 106-105.
Thompson finished with 26 points and he drilled seven 3’s.
Kyle Lowry made a basket on a goal-tend thanks to DeMarcus Cousins with 29.9 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 106-105.
Cousins was then called for a moving screen with 15.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Toronto did not call timeout on the next possession.
Golden State double teamed Kawhi Leonard at the top of the perimeter with around eight seconds remaining and the ball went into Fred VanVleet’s hands and then it went to Kyle Lowry in the left corner for a chance to win the game from three but his shot was blocked by Draymond Green.
Had Green went in a different direction on defense, it is possible the Golden State Warriors wouldn’t be defending champions right now but they are still breathing as the defending back-to-back champions at the moment.
Steph Curry led the way in scoring for the Warriors with 31 points on 43.5 percent shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one shot.
Draymond Green recorded another double-double with 10 points on 44.4 percent shooting. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded eight assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Golden State’s bench scored 33 points and DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 of them. He shot 75 percent from the field and Cousins also grabbed six rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Their biggest lead in the game was 14 points and the Toronto Raptors biggest lead in the game was six points.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points on 37.5 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed 12 rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded two steals. Leonard had many bad stretches throughout this game, but he had one hot stretch in the fourth-quarter and it almost got the job done for Toronto.
Kyle Lowry scored 18 points on 50 percent shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded six assists, blocked two shots, and recorded one steal.
Marc Gasol scored 17 points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded two assists.
Pascal Siakam only scored 12 points on 40 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds, recorded two assists, and recorded one steal.
Toronto’s bench scored 28 points. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 62.5 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, recorded one assist, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal.
Fred VanVleet scored 11 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds and recorded one assist.
This is going to be an interesting NBA Finals the rest of the way. The Golden State Warriors are looking to reverse history from 2016. Golden State blew a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This time around, the Warriors are looking to come back from a 3-1 series deficit. They will have to do without Kevin Durant however and they will most likely plug in DeMarcus Cousins into the starting lineup for Game 6.
The Toronto Raptors will look to close it out in Game 6 on Thursday night at Golden State. Toronto has already won two games their this season and winning games on the road is nothing new for this basketball team.