Warriors rally to beat Raptors, level NBA Finals at 1-1

Pascal Siakam set a postseason career best with a game-high 32 points in Toronto's 118-109 win over Golden State to begin the 2019 NBA Finals. Siakam has averaged 17.6 points and totaled 7.2 rebounds while shooting 45.4 percent over the last 10 games for Toronto.

The Raptors chipped away and three free throws from Leonard, one of them for a technical called on Curry for tossing the ball up in the air in anger, pulled Toronto to within five points with 1:08 to play. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench to score three points in just eight minutes of play in Game 1, but he should start to see more time as the series moves on.

Steph Curry -3.5 points vs. Kawhi Leonard - As noted in the over/unders, there is always the chance that the Raptors will turn to Kawhi and ask him to drive the offense like he did against Philadelphia and early against Milwaukee, but that hasn't been the ask in recent games and it's going in the exact opposite direction for Curry and the Warriors. Reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant remains out of the lineup for the Warriors, but he could return soon.

The Raptors actually outscored the Warriors in the fourth quarter. The Warriors won't panic after just one loss, especially because they still could've stolen Game 1 despite playing well below their best, but another slip-up could have them in serious trouble, especially with the injury cloud looming over Durant.

Game 2 was decided at the start of the third-quarter, when the Warriors went on an 18-0 run to reclaim the lead.

No foul was committed, and Serge Ibaka made an open 3-pointer -the Raptors essentially had a 5-on-4 advantage- to get Toronto within seven. Leonard scored 34 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Siakam was MVP of the 2017 National Basketball Association G League Finals after helping Raptors 905 win the title, but success with the big club would have to wait.

"I think that was kind of the story of (Game 1)".

"The first half after that 10-day break it was a little bit sloppier than we might have thought and a little bit more rust that we had to shake off", Curry said. On Sunday night, Green and the Warriors made good on that promise, delivering a defiant 109-104 win to tie the National Basketball Association finals at one game apiece.

Warriors center Kevon Looney (chest) also went down with an injury, which could seriously impact the team's depth moving forward. Toronto led 27-26 to start the second. Andre Iguodala's three-pointer with seven seconds left was the final dagger.

The NBA's comments to Drake did not alter his behavior in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

ESPN said Friday that the Game 1 of the Toronto-Golden State series drew a 10.1 overnight rating, the lowest for Game 1 of a title series in a decade - though all the numbers come with a serious catch. He and Klay combined for 55 points, but the rest of the team could only contribute 54.

Green and Drake exchanged words at the end of the game, but the Warriors shot down a suggestion it was more than that.

"And if your transition defense is bad, then there's not a whole lot you can do because you're talking about the best players in the world coming downhill in a fast game, five-on-four or four-on-three".

  • Julie Sanders