Toronto Raptors lost to the Golden State Warriors 106-105 on Monday night, a one point difference that separated the Canadian team from winning the National Basketball Association championship for the first time in its nearly 25-year history.
They still have manoeuvring room, however, as they lead the final series 3-2 and could take the Larry O’Brien Trophy if they can beat the Warriors in Game 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, a team that has won five NBA championships.
Golden State led for most of the first half and Toronto only led originally for 53 seconds in the second quarter. The Warriors, who once led by 14 points, proceeded to control the game in the third quarter. Kawhi Leonard awakened dramatically in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors possessed a substantial lead when it came to three-pointers, receiving 20 shots.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant returned briefly to the Golden State Warriors lineup Monday night after being sidelined with a calf muscle injury for close to a complete month. He had to be helped out during the second quarter of Game 5 after it turned out he damaged his calf. Durant scored 11 points before his freshest damage.
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