How the Warriors Survived Game 5 of the N.B.A. Finals

Kawhi Leonard utterly took over the recreation. After starting 0 of 4 from 3-point very, he hit a 3-pointer to current Toronto its first lead of the second half and ended up occurring a non-public 10-2 run in direction of the Warriors, inserting his workforce up, 103-97.

Leonard is as a lot as 26 elements and 12 rebounds.

The run included two massive 3-pointers from Leonard, and aside from a pleasing hook shot from Draymond Green, the dominance has been almost completely unanswered with Stephen Curry missing a pair of contested 3-pointers.

The Raptors took a timeout with 3:05 remaining and the finals seemingly of their fingers if they may merely shut out a Warriors workforce that is down two key players after having begun the recreation at full nicely being.

The Warriors had been pressured to take one different timeout, with Steve Kerr furious on the sideline, after Kawhi Leonard appeared to get away with a journey on a transfer to Norm Powell for a wide-open dunk. Regardless of Kerr’s anger, the dunk obtained the Raptors to 95-93 with 5:34 remaining, with this recreation seeming very winnable for Toronto.

Shortly sooner than the Powell dunk, Draymond Green had gotten Golden State’s lead once more to 4 elements with a 3-pointer that obtained him to 8 elements, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the recreation. He has not asserted himself rather a lot in phrases of scoring, and he’s nonetheless carrying 4 fouls, nonetheless, his hitting a shot could open up some home on ensuing possessions for his workforce’s totally different shooters.

Leonard, in the meantime, stays to be having a tricky taking footage evening time, going 5 of 18 from the self-discipline and 0 of 4 from 3-point fluctuate, nonetheless, he has 16 elements and 10 rebounds and has confirmed repeatedly that he can outmuscle Golden State’s small lineup beneath the basket. With Kevon Looney out for the relaxation of the recreation after reinjuring his chest, that energy profit is huge.

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green had been on the bench to begin out the fourth — as was Kawhi Leonard — nonetheless Golden State, using a lineup with little or no taking footage, fought to a 6-6 stalemate in these minutes, with Quinn Cook hitting a 3-pointer on one possession and serving to on a Jordan Bell layup.

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