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NBA FINALS GAME 6
Raptors win Game 6, take NBA championship
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kawhi Leonard raised his arms high in triumph and celebrated Canada's first NBA championship.
"We the North!" is now "We the Champs!"
Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured the country's first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise's NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night in a Game 6 for the ages... Stephen Curry missed a contested 3-pointer in the waning moments before Golden State called a timeout it didn't have, giving Leonard a technical free throw with 0.9 seconds left to seal it. Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP for a second time, then got behind Andre Iguodala for a layup as the buzzer sounded, but it went to review and the basket was called off before Leonard's two free throws. That only delayed the celebration for a moment.
Toronto Star: "A Danny Green turnover with 9.6 seconds left in the game and Toronto up a point — an errant pass along the sideline that was nowhere near Siakam — gave the Warriors a chance to extend the series. But a Stephen Curry shot was tipped, the Warriors were unable to secure the ball in the ensuing scramble and Golden State was assessed a technical foul for calling a timeout they didn’t have. Leonard, the near-unanimous choice as NBA Finals most valuable player, made the free throw and caught the ensuing inbound pass to seal the game."
Toronto Star: "They did it, winning 114-110 in a wild-swinging thriller of a contest, thanks to a collection of clutch performances. Kyle Lowry, the longest-serving Raptor who wore so many of Toronto’s previous playoff failures, will soon be wearing a ring thanks to his 26-point, 10-assist, seven-rebound marvel of a game. Fred VanVleet couldn’t seem to miss when it mattered, reeling off five three-pointers en route to 22 points. Kawhi Leonard, seemingly spent after a 24-game playoff grind, still found a way to be a focal point in a 22-point performance. Pascal Siakam put up a towering 26-point, 10-rebound gem."
Toronto Star: "Danny Green was trapped by Draymond Green at midcourt and threw a desperate fastball Siakam couldn’t catch. Warriors ball, 9.6 left. But Curry missed a three on a 6-for-16 night, fading and contested, and on the rebound Kawhi chased the ball like a madman, and when Draymond got it with 0.9 seconds left he called a timeout he didn’t have. Technical foul. Raptors ball. Raptors free throw. A video review, which was a waste of everyone’s time, two more free throws for Kawhi to get to 22 points, and a Finals MVP. Raptors win."
Toronto Sun: "Leonard scored 22 points to give him 732 for the entire playoff run. And that, too, is part of the history of the occasion. The Leonard numbers now list him among the all-time greats at playoff time, as he secured his second NBA Finals MVP award."
Toronto Sun: "Leonard ended four rounds of the playoffs with the third-most playoff points in history. That is amazing on its own. The two players ahead of him: Michael Jordan at 759 points, LeBron at 748. Had the series gone to a seventh game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Leonard could have wound up as the leading all-time playoff scorer in a single season."
San Francisco Chronicle: "Klay Thompson was forced to exit Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals after suffering a left knee injury on a hard foul from Danny Green, but came out of the tunnel to attempt his two free throws before exiting again. After the game, The Chronicle confirmed that Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee."
San Jose Mercury News: "What if the Warrriors were not injured? What if Thompson did not suffer a torn ACL to his left knee that sidelined him for the entire fourth quarter of Game 6? What if Kevin Durant did not rupture his right Achilles tendon in the middle of Game 5 after missing nine previous games because of a strained right calf? What if the Warriors’ center spot did become fluid with DeMarcus Cousins battling rustiness and Kevon Looney handling a fracture in his chest area?"
NBC Sports Bay Area: "Kawhi Leonard was voted NBA Finals MVP, and joined an elite group in the process. The Toronto Raptors superstar won the award for the second time in his career after his team beat the Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of The Finals on Thursday night, five years after he won it with the San Antonio Spurs. Thus, Leonard joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers) and LeBron James (Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers) as the only players to win the award with two different teams."
NBA FINALS GAME 5
Warriors win Game 5 of NBA Finals but lose Durant in his return
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The Golden State Warriors aren't letting go of the NBA title just yet. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shooting and Draymond Green swatting, the champions found a way to win even after a gut-wrenching loss. Curry scored 31 points, Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge long after Kevin Durant was injured again to give the Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals... Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn't get the final shot, which went to Kyle Lowry and was blocked by Green.
Mercury News: "The Warriors trailed by six with 2:32 remaining in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, their season, maybe even their dynasty, on the verge of extinction. Their best player, Kevin Durant, wasn’t even in the arena. He suffered an Achilles injury in the second quarter, later hobbling out of the building on crutches. He fought to play Monday night after missing nine straight playoff games with a strained calf, his latest injury leaving the Warriors emotionally drained and without a generational talent to help thwart elimination."
Toronto Sun: "The Raptors made a fourth-quarter push, even taking the lead with under five minutes left, but all those early missed shots would haunt them. Steph Curry hit a late three, and then Klay Thompson did the same. This is what the Warriors do. When it was Toronto’s turn to respond, Kawhi Leonard couldn’t hit the shots that had propelled the Raptors into the late lead, Gasol was denied at the rim, and, with a chance for a game-winning shot, the best Toronto could manage was a desperate fling from Kyle Lowry that never had a chance."
NBC Sports Bay Area: "It was clear from the moment Durant grabbed at his right heel area that the injury was substantial. The fact that the Warriors were able to overcome the emotional toll and come out winners was shocking, especially in a hostile environment."
NBC Sports Bay Area: "Fans at Scotiabank Arena initially seemed to cheer Durant's injury when he went down during the second quarter, before chanting "K-D" as he was helped off the court."
NBC Sports Bay Area: [Draymond] "Green picked up his sixth technical foul of the playoffs during the Warriors' Game 5 win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, leaving him one away from an automatic suspension."
NBA FINALS GAME 4
NBA Daily for Saturday
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Leonard, Raptors move within victory of first championship
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kawhi Leonard's hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada.
Leonard outdueled the Splash Brothers for 36 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors moved within a victory of the franchise's first championship by winning a second straight game on Golden State's home floor, beating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals... Klay Thompson made a strong return after missing Game 3 with a strained left hamstring and scored 28 points with six 3-pointers in what might have been the final game after 47 seasons at Oracle Arena before the team's move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Stephen Curry added 27 points but shot just 9 for 22 and 2 of 9 from 3-point range on the heels of his postseason career-best 47-point outing in a 123-109 Game 3 defeat.
NBA FINALS GAME 3
NBA Daily for Thursday
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Raptors hit big shots, beat Warriors for 2-1 NBA Finals lead
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- For every amazing shot in a career night by Stephen Curry on his home court, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green kept finding dazzling answers of their own. The Toronto Raptors decided to "let it rip," and now they have the momentum again in these back-and-forth NBA Finals. Leonard scored 30 points on a night Curry went off for a playoff-best 47, and the Raptors beat the banged-up Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Wednesday for a 2-1 series lead. Curry also had eight rebounds and seven assists but couldn't do it all for the two-time defending champions, down starters Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and key backup big man Kevon Looney because of injuries.
Toronto Star: "So with Thompson out and Durant still out, Curry was finally given a seat at the all-you-can-eat basketball buffet. Curry had 17 points and assists on three of Golden State’s four other baskets in the first quarter; he had 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists at halftime. He finished with a playoff career-high 47 points on 14-of-31 shooting, eight rebounds and seven assists in 43 heavy minutes. Draymond played 41."
Toronto Star: "Which is why Marc Gasol’s performance against Cousins on Wednesday night was so integral to Toronto handing the Warriors their first loss in an NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in about three years. It’s no secret why the Raptors set the tone at the game’s outset and the beginning of the second half by throwing the ball to Gasol in the post, where he was guarded by Cousins. Cousins’ mobility, or lack thereof, remains a limiting factor. That Gasol took advantage of his matchup’s weak spot, scoring 17 points while having a huge hand in limiting Cousins to a measly four points on 1-for-7 shooting — well, it’s high on the list of reasons why the Raptors will carry a 2-1 series lead into Friday’s Game 4."
Toronto Sun: "Kawhi Leonard actually wound up with more points than Lowry, finishing with 30, seven rebounds and six assists, but as has been the case lately, it was a quiet production which included 10 points from the free-throw line. Leonard was rather quiet in the first half, attempting just seven shots and hitting only two of them. He was getting to the line, though, and had nine points through the first half. But less than nine minutes into the third quarter, Leonard had already more than doubled that number and was up to 20 points on the strength of two three-pointers."
NBA FINALS GAME 2
NBA Daily for Monday
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Warriors beat Raptors 109-104 to even NBA Finals
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The Golden State Warriors relied on a champion's heart to overcome their weary bodies. Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with a hamstring injury, Stephen Curry had 23 and the Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half on the way to a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night that tied the NBA Finals at one game apiece... Andre Iguodala, himself slow to get up after a hard fall in the first half, made the clinching 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left after the Raptors scored 10 straight points to cut it to 106-104. Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors. They had won five straight since falling behind 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.
New York Times: "One after another they fall injured and limp down the alley to their locker room only to reappear later as if arisen from the crypt. So Stephen Curry looked listless and ill and retired to the Warriors locker room in the first quarter; he returned a few minutes later to score 16 sly sleight-of-hand points and lead a crucial charge before halftime. And Andre Iguodala, who has played for so long he appears a figure out of 19th century hoops, banged his head hard on the court earlier — and at game’s end he squared and drained the clinching 3-point jump shot in the Warriors’ 109-104 victory."
New York Times: "Klay Thompson, who has a metronomic shooting touch, disappeared late in the game with a strained hamstring that had him hobbling as though on a peg leg. But heed the words of Steve Kerr, the team’s coach: “Klay said he’ll be fine, but Klay could be half dead and he would say he would be fine.”"
The Oklahoman: "Golden State had a 106-94 lead on Toronto and the game seemingly in hand. And sure enough, the Warriors won, 109-104. But that final 5:39 was much more harrowing than anyone saw coming. And give credit to two things: 1) the Warriors’ underrated defense, which held the Raptors to 13 points over the last eight minutes; 2) and dogged determination in the face of adversity. Despite all the weakness of spirit associated with Golden State, rightfully so, in adding Kevin Durant to a star-studded lineup, the Warriors have some players with intestinal fortitude."
San Francisco Chronicle: "Over the course of the week, Cousins has gone from recovering from a quadriceps tear to starting in an NBA Finals game. Cousins put up 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes Sunday, nearly matching his minutes played in the entire postseason to date."
Houston Chronicle: "Drake spent Game 1 and the lead-up to Game 2 of the NBA Finals trolling several Warriors players, but he finally got his comeuppance after the Raptors' 109-104 Game 2 loss Sunday. Injured Warriors Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were filmed giving the Toronto rapper a taste of his own medicine in the tunnel near the team's locker room immediately after the game. "We'll see you in the Bay Aubrey," Klay Thompson told the Toronto rapper. "You weren't talking tonight were ya? Bum ass."
Washington Post: "Golden State, already laboring from the physical toll of playing in five straight Finals, is now an injured mess. Kevin Durant is still out with a calf injury. Klay Thompson suffered a slight hamstring pull and left early during the Warriors’ 109-104 Game 2 victory. Kevon Looney, who is shooting 73 percent in the playoffs, exited after bruising his chest Sunday night. DeMarcus Cousins is playing through a quad injury, and the team has been careful with Andre Iguodala’s sore calf. Steph Curry dislocated his left middle finger early in the playoffs, and on Sunday, he exited the game briefly because he was sick."
NBA FINALS GAME 1
NBA Daily for Friday
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Raptors take NBA Finals opener, beat Warriors 118-109
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The first NBA Finals game outside the U.S. was a party 24 years in the making. Then Pascal Siakam and the Raptors really gave Toronto something to celebrate. Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Raptors made a smashing NBA Finals debut, beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night. The Raptors hardly looked like newcomers to the NBA's biggest stage, controlling the action most of the way against a Golden State team beginning its fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.
Mercury News: "The Warriors had hoped their nine-day layoff would give Andre Iguodala plenty of time to heal his body and rest his mind. Iguodala might need time to treat a new injury. Toward the end of the Warriors’ 118-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Iguodala limped and favored his right leg. And yet Iguodala insisted, “I’ll be fine” for Game 2 on Sunday."
Houston Chronicle: "Immediately after Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green briefly exchanged words with Toronto rapper Drake, who was sitting courtside. As Green and the Warriors were walking off the court, Green approached Drake and initiated a conversation. It wasn't clear what exactly was said, but it ended with Drake shaking his head and appearing to yell "trash" at Green and his teammate Stephen Curry, who helped usher Green away from the rapper."
Toronto Sun: "The scoring in Game 1 fell to Pascal Siakam, who was making his first NBA Finals start in just his third year in the league. With a 32-point night, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan as the only NBA players since 1970 to have a 30-point game in a Finals in just their third year in the league."