Mercury (Hobart) : 2019-06-12

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BASKETBALL 41 Agony for Raptors in close call THEY were up by six with less than three minutes to play. The NBA championsh­ip was there for the taking. And the Toronto Raptors couldn’t finish it off. The Raptors still lead the NBA Finals 3-2, even after losing at home to the Golden State Warriors 106-105 yesterday. But they’ll be heading back to California tomorrow, and allowed the Warriors — the wounded two-time defending NBA champions — to have renewed life in their quest for a third straight ring. Kawhi Leonard’s jumper with 3:28 left put the Raptors up 103-97. They were outscored 9-2 the rest of the way. They missed five of their last six shots — the only make was on a goaltendin­g call. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry scored all nine of Golden State’s points in that finishing kick. And the Larry O’Brien Trophy went back into its carrying case. Off to Oracle it goes for Game 6 on Friday, the final home game the Warriors will ever play in that building. The worst thing that can happen to the Raptors in the next few days is to have Game 7 in their Scotiabank Arena on Monday to decide the title. They’ve won three times at Oracle already this season. But they also knew this was a chance that slipped away. Secure yoyourou spot at Sunday’s Round 13 match between North Melbourne and GWS Giantsts with $29 RESERVED SEAT TICKETS ROUND 13 SUNDAY JUNE 16, 3.20pm V BLUNDSTONE ARENA BOOK NOW USING THE PROMO CODE KN AT TICKETEK.COM.AU/NMFC OR CALL 132 849 NMFC29 V1 - MERE01Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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