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Ailing Warriors Squeeze Past Raptors to Even Series at 1-1

Golden State evened the NBA Finals at 1-1 with a 109-104 win over the Toronto Raptors.

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Golden State is stuffing the injury list more than the stat sheet, but that didn’t stop them from winning on the road.

The Warriors hung on to a 109-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors to even the series at 1-1 Sunday night. Andre Iguodala’s clutch 3-pointer with seconds left to play gave Golden State a two possession to lead to close out Game 2.

Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney both left the game with injuries, Iguodala and Stephen Curry both were banged up in the first half, DeMarcus Cousins is still not 100 percent and oh yeah, Kevin Durant has yet to step on to the court in the NBA Finals.

No matter. Golden State continues to find a way to go on their infamous comeback runs when they find themselves in the rut. Thompson finished with 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists, Curry added 23 points and Cousins (11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) and Draymond Green (17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists) both flirted with triple-doubles.

Toronto picked up where they left off from Game 1 while the Warriors missed 20 of their first 28 shots.

The Raptors gained a double-digit lead late in the second quarter after Fred VanVleet pickpocketed Curry and took the ball the other way. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 of his 34 points in the first half to keep them ahead, but Golden State answered as Curry finished the half with six points to close the deficit to five at halftime.

Right out of the half, the Warriors took over. Iguodala scored the first two baskets to jump-start an 18-0 run in the third quarter as Toronto went ice cold. Green’s layup capped off the run to put them up 72-59 midway through the period.

Toronto closed the gap to 92-88 to open up the fourth but Quinn Cook answered with back-to-back triples to stretch the lead to double-digits. No one was more excited than Curry after Cook hit the second one.

The Raptors stormed back with a 10-0 run that was jolted by a technical foul on Curry after he threw the ball high in the air in frustration with the official’s call. Danny Green’s three made it a two-point game before Iguodala clutched it.

The series now shifts back to the United States at Oracle Arena for what could be the final two games ever played there depending on how the series goes. The Warriors have to feel confident after stealing one in Game 2 where Toronto had a 23-0 advantage in second-chance points and a deeper roster.

Golden State will look to get some rest before as they look to get nurse their injuries as best as they can before Game 3.

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