Is the Warriors’ dynasty coming to an end?
The Toronto Raptors sits one game away from their first NBA Championship after a 105-92 win over Golden State. The Warriors are now down 3-1 as they head back to Canada.
Klay Thompson put up 28 points after sitting out Game 3 and Stephen Curry had 27 points of his own. However, Kawhi Leonard put up another strong game with 36 points and 12 rebounds.
Golden State started the game off well firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. Kevon Looney, who was originally supposed to be out for the rest of the series, contributed as soon as he checked in. His tip-in off a missed shot gave them 23-12 lead with less than a minute in the quarter.
The Raptors stayed within striking distance in the second quarter, but Thompson continued to answer with a bucket. Toronto cut it to three before Thompson hit back-to-back shots to force the Raptors to call a timeout down eight points late in the period.
But the Warriors couldn’t fend off the visitors much longer. Serge Ibaka’s triple late in the third put the Raptors up for good as that sparked an 11-2 run. They started the fourth quarter with a 12-point lead and never looked back.
Shaun Livingston cut it back to 10 on a couple of free throws on a play where Fred VanVleet was seen bloodied on an inadvertent elbow to the face. However, Ibaka followed with an and-one and Leonard knocked down a three on back-to-back possessions. Curry cut to within 10 on a late triple, but could never close the gap.
Now the Warriors are on the verge of giving up the title of defending champs. They also might have just played their last game in Oracle Arena as the team is moving to San Francisco next year.
With Kevin Durant not likely to return to the NBA Finals at all this roster will look to pull off the unthinkable and come back from a 3-1 deficit. The only other team to do so was the Cleveland Cavaliers back during the 2016 NBA Finals when the Warriors couldn’t close out the series.