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Kawhi Leonard puts Toronto Raptors on the brink of maiden NBA title

Press Association Sport 16:13 08/06/2019
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Star man: Kawhi Leonard

The Toronto Raptors are just one win away from clinching their first NBA title in franchise history after beating the Golden State Warriors 105-92.

Kawhi Leonard hit 36 points to help the Raptors extend their lead to 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Serge Ibaka also impressed, scoring 20 points in 22 minutes as the side clawed their way back after falling behind by as much as 11 points in the first half.

A decisive third quarter saw Toronto outscore the Warriors 37-21, including 17 points from Leonard alone.

Two jumpers from the 27-year-old in the final seconds of the quarter gave the Raptors a 12-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes, and the side remained ahead for the rest of the game.

Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 28 points, including six three-pointers, while Stephen Curry added 27 points.

The fifth game of the series is set to take place in Toronto on Monday.

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Kawhi Leonard hit 30 points as the Toronto Raptors took a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors with a 123-109 win.

Leonard top-scored for the visitors at the Oracle Arena and was one of six to make double figures, with key contributions from Kyle Lowry (23) and Pascal Siakam (18).

The Warriors only led for less than 20 seconds throughout the whole game, with the Raptors amassing a 36-29 lead in the first quarter and pushing on for the win.

Stephen Curry scored 47 points for the Warriors, with only Draymond Green (17) and Andre Iguodala (11) reaching double figures for Golden State.

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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.

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