TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors will have to wait for Game 6 for the chance to be crowned NBA champions after a Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors 106-105.
The Warriors hung onto their lead for most of the game, but the Raptors refused to go without a fight, going up 103-97 with just under four minutes left in the game.
Kawhi Leonard led the charge, scoring 10 points furiously in the final minutes of the game, adding to his team-leading 26 points.
Stephen Curry lead the scoring both teams with 31 points. Six players on the Raptors are all in double digits for points.
Three-point shooting was the difference in Game 5, with the Warriors shooting 20 for 42 while the Raptors have hit just eight three-pointers, shooting just over 30 per cent.
Toronto trailed by as much as 11 points during the second quarter, but were able to close the lead due to a 13-3 run with just over 30 seconds remaining in the half, sparked by a technical foul on Draymond Green.
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Both teams found themselves in foul trouble early in the game with both Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Fleet starting the second half with three fouls each. Draymond Green of the Warriors also has three fouls.
There was much speculation over whether star player Kevin Durant who has been injured for the playoffs would play, but head coach Steve Kerr announced shortly before the game that Durant would be starting.
Durant looked to be in good shape as he and Stephen Curry combined for 25 of the Warrior’s 34 points in the first quarter. Marc Gasol led the Raptors with 10 points in the first.
However, Durant left the game at the beginning of the second quarter with an apparent leg injury. Some Raptors fans appeared to cheer when Durant went down, but the majority of the crowd chanted “KD, KD, KD” as he was helped off the floor and into the locker room.
Video posted on social media appeared to show Durant suffered an Achilles tendon injury and the Warriors confirmed he would not return for the rest of the game due to a right lower leg injury.
Golden State led at the end of the first quarter 34-28 as well. Pascal Siakim gave Toronto their first lead with just under four minutes left in the first quarter at 23-21, but the Warriors were able to crawl back to end the quarter.
CityNews and 680 NEWS reporters tweeting about the game from across the country:
The NBA chose to forego an anthem singer for O Canada, choosing instead to let the fans sing the Canadian national anthem. Fans in Jurassic Park joined in as well.
Of course, Raptors Global Ambassador Drake was present at the game, alongside several prominent athletes were on hand to cheer on Toronto including former Raptor Vince Carter, Wayne Gretzky, Jose Bautista and multiple Maple Leaf players.
Several other communities outside of Toronto are holding watch parties along with pretty much every restaurant and bar with a television.