Triples save Durant-less Warriors
The Golden State Warriors remain alive in the NBA finals after a late scoring burst by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson powered the defending champions to a courageous away win over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.
The Warriors would have been eliminated had they lost, but they overcame a torrid Raptors crowd and the disappointment of watching their All-Star Kevin Durant limp off the court to win game five 106-105.
The Raptors still lead the series 3-2.
“We gave ourselves a chance,” Curry said.
“Game six will be fun.” The Raptors led 103-97 with two minutes to go after Kawhi Leonard exploded with two three-pointers and two jump shots in rapid succession.
But Curry (31 points) and Thompson (26) refused to lie down. Thompson hit a triple, which was followed by a Curry long bomb to tie the score.
Golden State then snatched the lead when Thompson hit their 20th three-pointer of the game before a missed buzzerbeater by Kyle Lowry ensured the series would go back to Oakland on Friday morning, WA time, for game six.
Durant, making his first appearance in over a month, had 11 points in 11 minutes before his right calf gave way again.