Triples save Du­rant-less War­riors

The West Australian - - SPORT -


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.

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