Warriors avoided the elimination and forced NBA game 6 with a late comeback to beat the Raptors at home
- Raptors lead the NBA Finals 3-2 and are aiming to win their first NBA title in history.
- Kevin Durant returned to the court from injury but got re-injured his right Achilles and left the arena on crutches.
- The Warriors led for the majority of the game until the Raptors came back in the fourth. Then Steph Curry and Klay Thompson hit clutch three-pointers to give Golden State the lead
Golden State Warriors welcomed Kevin Durant back from a month-long injury absence. Durant reinjured himself after scoring 11 points for the team and they still managed to keep these NBA finals going thanks to the amazing performance from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson
Durant played only 12 minutes in his comeback NBA game before reinjuring his lower right leg, but the Warriors managed to pull themselves together after his heartfelt departure and dig out a 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in NBA Game 5 That reduced Toronto’s series lead to three games to two and stopped the Raptors from securing their first championship in the franchise’s 24-year long history
Kawhi Leonard scored 10 of his 26 points in an exhausting fourth-quarter that eradicated the last of Golden State’s huge 14-point lead and appeared to take the momentum away from the Warriors. late 3-pointers from Stephen Curry (31 points in the game) and Klay Thompson (26 points) and a huge defensive block on Toronto’s final possession — when Draymond Green blocked Kyle Lowry’s corner 3-point attempt enabled Golden State to escape with an unlikely victory.
Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry were the driving force scoring 26 and 18 points along with the excellent performance from Serge Ibaka who scored 15 points but that all went in vain but the Raptors would be happy with their performance.
The star of the night will obviously be Draymond Green who blocked the championship-winning Kyle Lowry’s 3-point attempt in the final minute of the game.
Can Warriors survive another game without Kevin Durant?
While the Warriors lived to play another day, they may have lost Kevin Durant for the series. The two-time NBA Finals MVP injured his right leg during the second quarter and was ruled out for the game. He left the arena on crutches and with his right foot in a walking boot in the third quarter and will undergo an MRI exam on Tuesday.
Toronto will have another opportunity to close out Golden State in Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.
It will be the final NBA basketball game ever played at the Warriors’ home arena as they move into Chase Center for the next season.