The Golden State Warriors levelled up their NBA Finals series against the Toronto Raptors with a 109-104 victory in Canada.
Klay Thompson and Steph Curry both put 15 on the board in the first half, and the Warriors went on an 18-0 run to start the third quarter in the victory.
The closing seconds of the game were closer than the reigning NBA champions would have liked, with the Raptors going on a 10-0 run late to bring the game to within five points with a minute remaining.
Fred Van Vleet missed a shot, while Kawhi Leonard also failed to score but a Danny Green three made it 106-104 with 26.9 seconds left.
Andre Iguodala put the game beyond reach with a three-pointer with 7.0 seconds left to seal the win.
Thompson, who left the game early, finished the night with 25 points, while Curry added 23 and Draymond Green 17.
Leonard was the top scorer on the night with 34 points for Toronto, but Pascal Siakam – who had 32 in game one – only managed 12 on Sunday night.
The best-of-seven series, tied at 1-1, travels to California for game three on Wednesday.
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The Toronto Raptors marked their NBA Finals debut with a convincing 118-109 victory over defending champions the Golden State Warriors.
Pascal Siakam recorded 32 points, five assists and eight rebounds at Scotiabank Arena to help power the Raptors to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The highly anticipated game – the first NBA Finals match played outside the United States – saw Toronto dominate from the off, notching up a 10-point lead by half-time on the back of a 19-8 run.
The Warriors pushed hard to pull back into contention, closing the gap to three early in the fourth quarter, but Siakam hit an 11th consecutive field goal attempt to keep Toronto in the driving seat.
The side remained at least seven points ahead until the final buzzer.
Kawhi Leonard racked up 23 points and Marc Gasol added 20 as the Raptors refused to be intimidated by a team beginning their fifth straight appearance in the NBA Finals.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 34 points – his sixth playoff game in a row with 30 points or more – and became the first player ever to score 100 three-point field goals in the NBA Finals.
Klay Thompson finished on 21 points, while Draymond Green had a triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Game two of the series will take place in Toronto on Sunday.
While the Golden State Warriors try to cement their legacy as the NBA’s greatest dynasty in half a century, the upstart Toronto Raptors made history just reaching the NBA Finals.
Friday morning’s opener in the best-of-seven championship showdown will be the first NBA Finals game played outside the United States, the Canadian contest coming in the same city where the first league game was played in 1946.
Warriors star Stephen Curry attempts to lead his injury-hit side to their third consecutive NBA title, a feat last achieved by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002, and Golden State could become the first team to win four crowns in five seasons since the 1969 Boston Celtics.
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Monday, June 3: Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors – 4AM
Thursday, June 6: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors – 5AM
Saturday, June 8: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors – 5AM
Tuesday, June 11: Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors – 5AM
Friday, June 14: Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors – 5AM
Monday, June 17: Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors – 4AM