Despite a never give up attitude from the wounded Golden State Warriors, the Toronto Raptors came away victorious in a 123-109 victory over the shorthanded Warriors, Wednesday night, in the Oracle Arena in Oakland CA. With the win in Game 3, the Raptors are now two wins away from their first NBA title, as Toronto takes a 2-1 series lead over Golden State.
The Raptors took full control of the game midway through the first quarter and never relinquished their lead. Despite an MVP worth performance from Kawhi Leonard who had a team-high 30 points in the win and Kyle Lowry who added 23 points of his own, it was a total team effort from Toronto’s supporting cast in the win.
All five of the Raptors starters scored over 15 points, as Marc Gasol bounced back with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Danny Green had a night for the ages with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting from behind the arc.
While it was a total team effort for the Raptors, the same could not be said for the Warriors. Without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, Golden State had their fair share of struggles in the loss. As a team, the Warriors shot 39.6 percent from the field and a subpar 33.3 percent from behind the arc. However, despite the loss, it was a masterful performance from two-time MVP, Stephen Curry.
Curry came out from the opening tip and did everything he could keep the shorthanded Warriors afloat. With 17 points in the first quarter, he recorded a Finals career-high 47 points on 14-for-31 percent shooting from the field, while going 6-for-14 from deep. In addition to his hot shooting, Curry ended the night with eight rebounds, seven assists, to go along with two steals in the loss.
With hopes of avoiding a 3-1 hole, the Golden State Warriors will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Friday, in the Oracle Arena in Oakland CA. Tip-off is slated for 8 PM CT.
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