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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Toronto Raptors had more dimension, more depth and more athleticism than any individual imagined when the N.B.A. finals started.
The Raptors aged all of that — to boot to their a ways superior health — to cease down Oracle Area and shut out the N.B.A.’s two-time reigning champions Thursday night with a 114-110 Sport 6 victory over the Golden Divulge Warriors.
The Warriors were presumed to have the emotional serve coming in, playing their closing sport at Oracle and dedicating the night to their celeb forward Kevin Durant, who modified into on different facet of the nation after undergoing major surgical treatment Wednesday. But Toronto factual had too well-known — especially after Golden Divulge misplaced the All-Considerable individual guard Klay Thompson on your entire fourth quarter after he injured his knee. The Warriors later announced that Thompson had torn the A.C.L. in his left knee.
Three Raptors, remarkably, outscored or tied Kawhi Leonard within the clincher: Kyle Lowry delivered 11 of his 26 aspects within the sport’s first two-plus minutes. Pascal Siakam added 26 aspects and 10 rebounds of his have, whereas the undrafted Fred VanVleet made five of Toronto’s 13 3-pointers to enact with 22 aspects — 12 of which came within the fourth quarter.
Leonard hit three free-throws within the closing 0.9 seconds of the sport to enact with 22 aspects and 6 rebounds in what for him ranks as a tranquil night. Yet he tranquil damage up snagging the N.B.A. finals Most Precious Participant Award because the unquestioned centerpiece of the Canadian franchise’s first championship.
The vote for finals M.V.P. modified into cease to unanimous, with Leonard getting 10 of 11 votes. The last vote went to VanVleet.
The Warriors came in wanting to gain for the fallen Durant and exit their threadbare but cherished house enviornment of 47 years in triumph. The hosts as a change fell to a well-known 0-3 at house in these finals. In their first sport since Durant suffered a torn upright Achilles’ tendon, they proved helpless to forestall Leonard from becoming a member of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as essentially the most straight forward gamers in league history to gain finals M.V.P. honors with two pretty loads of groups.
Thompson had 28 aspects on factual 12 photos when he landed awkwardly on a drive to the rim that modified into contested by Toronto’s Danny Green with 2:22 last within the third quarter. Thompson modified into ushered to the locker room by Jonas Jerebko and Jordan Bell, then returned to the floor to shoot the ensuing free throws to remain eligible to examine support into the sport.
Thompson made both free throws to enact with a sport-high 30 aspects, rising his fame for playoff heroics as “Sport 6 Klay,” but he modified into ruled out from a return early within the fourth quarter with the Warriors clinging to a 91-88 lead. He ended up leaving Oracle with the serve of pair of crutches, factual as Durant had exited Toronto’s Scotiabank Area a couple of days sooner than.
Without Durant or Thompson, Golden Divulge managed to dangle in till the pinnacle. But a overlooked 3-pointer within the last minute from the upright wing by Stephen Curry (21 aspects), after what appeared to be a costly turnover by Toronto’s Green, modified into the two-time reigning champions’ closing shot.
A chase for the ball following Curry’s overlooked shot left lower than a second on the clock, and after Golden Divulge modified into assessed a technical abominable for calling a timeout it did no longer have — a creep that modified into at ultimate a stalling tactic as they would have misplaced had the clock no longer stopped there. There modified into a protracted lengthen and a well-known deal of misunderstanding, but in the end Leonard hit the technical free-throw after which got two more after a abominable on the inbounds, ending the sport.
The absence of Durant and Thompson’s eventual exit enabled Toronto to swarm Curry within the fourth quarter. The Raptors additionally survived broad offensive showings from two stalwarts of the Warriors’ five-one year inch of title opponents: Draymond Green totaled 11 aspects, 19 rebounds and 13 assists for a triple-double; Andre Iguodala supplied a thoroughly surprising 22 aspects regardless of lacking 4 of 5 free throws.
In the system, Leonard and the Raptors ushered the dynastic Warriors — after three titles in four seasons — into an off-season of uncertainty. Sooner than next season’s creep all over to the bay to Scamper Center in San Francisco, Golden Divulge should first contend with the anticipated forays into free agency for Durant and Thompson.
The Raptors face a identical venture with Leonard, who has the upright to change correct into a free agent this summer. But Toronto’s gamble to trade for Leonard closing July, with no assurance it’ll also re-ticket him or guarantees about how he would soar support from an injury-plagued closing season in San Antonio, has already paid off handsomely.
The marked distinction for Leonard on the massive stage this time, when in contrast with his 2014 finals masterpiece with the San Antonio Spurs, is that he modified into the unquestioned leader.
Leonard modified into named finals M.V.P. in 2014 as smartly, when he emerged because the Spurs’ ultimate participant in a five-sport demolition of LeBron James’s Miami Warmth. But that Spurs team tranquil revolved around Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
Masai Ujiri, Toronto’s team president, had the gumption to assemble Leonard thru trade from the Spurs closing July and straight away transformed the Raptors, who beforehand had struggled within the playoffs, into an Jap Convention drive.
The trade additionally brought in Danny Green as a defensive-minded, finals-examined inclined and modified into followed by Ujiri’s February acquisition of the All-Considerable individual center Marc Gasol. Along with the Toronto mainstay Lowry and two gems Ujiri no longer too long within the past unearthed from the college sport — Siakam and VanVleet — those strikes gave Toronto’s rookie coach Gash Nurse the flexibility to deploy assorted athletic and long-limbed combinations to smother the small-ball lineups that have fueled well-known of Golden Divulge’s success at some stage within the last half-decade.
“It labored out,” Leonard told ESPN’s Doris Burke at some level of the on-court docket trophy displays. “It labored out.”
Right here’s how the Raptors beat the Warriors in Sport 6, as reported by Benjamin Hoffman in Fresh York.
Final rating: Toronto Raptors 114, Golden Divulge Warriors 110
4th Quarter: Tension.
The Raptors have the ball and lead, 109-108 with 37.7 seconds last.
It’s grew to change into correct into a factual slugfest, with the undermanned Warriors making an are attempting to set their season at house and Toronto making an are attempting to expose its mettle.
The scoring slack within the sport has reach no longer from Kawhi Leonard or Stephen Curry but from Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins.
Toronto has a transparent serve here, especially with Klay Thompson out, however the Warriors have made it an incredible sport.
4th Quarter: Fred VanVleet is killing the Warriors.
One other 3-pointer from Fred VanVleet has Toronto leading 104-101 with 3:44 left within the sport.
VanVleet has simply been sensational with 12 aspects within the fourth quarter and 22 for the sport to this level.
Stephen Curry, meanwhile, is being harassed relentlessly by Toronto and his photos aren’t falling. He overlooked two 3-pointers in a row after sinking a floater and if he can’t fetch a rhythm this will also be extraordinarily onerous for the Warriors to beat a surprising downside within the sport.
4th Quarter: The Warriors are tranquil in this.
The roof is coming off the Oracle because the Warriors resolve a 3-level lead, 97-94, on a massive dunk from Shaun Livingston.
Fred VanVleet continues to kill the Golden Divulge defense with complicated 3-pointers, but a mixture of Draymond Green’s rebounding and the team’s unselfish play on offense has Golden Divulge leading a sport it’ll also tranquil, by all accounts be dropping.
Green would possibly perhaps per chance even have gotten away with offensive interference on a putback that gave him 8 aspects to creep along with his 18 rebounds, 12 assists, 2 blocks and a couple of steals.
The Warriors would possibly perhaps per chance even no longer have a second shooter, but between Livingston’s midrange sport, Curry’s drawing of double-groups, and Green’s passing and rebounding, they’ll even have a possibility to cease their building with a gain, forcing a Sport 7.
4th Quarter: The Raptors aren’t afflicted, and doubtlessly shouldn’t be.
The Warriors opened the fourth with a lineup of DeMarcus Cousins, Jonas Jerebko, Draymond Green, Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston. That lineup would possibly perhaps per chance even no longer have any pure shooters, but it outscored the Raptors, 3-2, in around two minutes of action.
As soon as Stephen Curry modified into support within the sport Fred VanVleet hit a 3-pointer that tied the sport at 91-91 and Steve Kerr aged a timeout with 8:Fifty three last.
The venture with Klay Thompson being out, beyond the shortcoming of his shooting, is how well-known Toronto is able to swarm both Cousins and Curry. The Raptors keep no longer seem afflicted of more than a couple of Warriors in any respect, and to this level nothing Golden Divulge has done given them reason to.
4th Quarter: Klay Thompson is out.
Klay Thompson will no longer return tonight. The team offered no update beyond that.
Stop of third Quarter
As we head into the last fourth quarter at Oakland’s Oracle Area, the Warriors appear to be leading, 88-86, with Kawhi Leonard’s tip-in coming factual after time expired within the third.
The Warriors closed the quarter without Klay Thompson, who modified into having his left knee evaluated, which allowed Toronto to derive away its box-and-one defense on Stephen Curry all over all as soon as more. Andre Iguodala broke that defense as soon as, hitting a 3-pointer that gave him 20 for the sport, however the approach did appear to be limiting the Warriors’ capability to creep the ball.
Thompson, who can tranquil return attributable to he came support from his free throws after the injury, leads all scorers with 30 aspects whereas Kyle Lowry is leading Toronto with 24.
With the Raptors making an are attempting to reach support support on the highway, one capability venture is abominable anguish. Kawhi Leonard and Lowry have four every whereas no person on the Warriors has bigger than three.
third Quarter: NO. NO. NO. YES!
Klay Thompson modified into fouled by Danny Green on a dunk are attempting and straight away collapsed to the court docket clutching his left knee after touchdown awkwardly. Stephen Curry straight away slammed the ball to the court docket in frustration because the practicing workers came out to examine on Thompson.
Thompson modified into on the muse taken into the tunnel, which would possibly perhaps well have resulted in him being ineligible to reach support, however the wounded guard grew to change into around and came support out for his free throws, incomes an explosive ovation from the crowd at Oracle. With an injured knee he hit both of this free-throw makes an are attempting and is up to 30 aspects.
The Warriors intentionally fouled to trigger a spoil within the action so Thompson would be taken out of the sport for evaluate. Despite all the pieces the controversy with Kevin Durant in Sport 5, the team can’t give you the cash for to resolve any probabilities with one other thought to be one of its stars.
In a appropriate ticket for his total health, Thompson modified into shown jogging into the locker room to be evaluated.
Scott Cacciola: The ambiance here modified into factual morbid after Thompson’s exit. The team modified into making an are attempting to derive some chants going, but each person looks to be in entire disbelief: One other injury? How?
And then, jubilation on the judge of Thompson limping support to the bench. Unbelievable scene.
third Quarter: Iguodala atones.
Andre Iguodala overlooked both of his free throws popping out of a timeout, however the Warriors ripped off a speedy 8-2 inch and are without be aware leading, 78-76.
5 of the aspects came from Iguodala, who hit a 3-pointer and floated one in from speedy-fluctuate, and different 3 came on a 3-pointer from Klay Thompson, who is no longer any longer pretty Sport 6 Klay tonight but who has been the Warriors’ ultimate offensive choice with 25 aspects to this level.
Kyle Lowry is taking a leisure attributable to of his four fouls, but Pascal Siakam is continuing to thrive on offense and has 19 aspects whereas Kawhi Leonard has no longer exactly lit up the situation but has 15.
third Quarter: All correct now, Stephen Curry is in abominable anguish.
The third quarter started with both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson lacking wide-delivery 3-pointers, but Golden Divulge started to fetch a rhythm and Andre Iguodala is heading to the abominable with a possibility to tie the sport, with the rating at 72-70 and 6:Fifty three last within the duration.
The biggest traits of the quarter, in recount, are Kawhi Leonard starting up to train himself offensively, Kyle Lowry selecting up his fourth abominable, and Stephen Curry getting up to three fouls. Curry modified into in particular aroused about thought to be one of them, which came on what appeared to be a spruce swipe of a ball from Fred VanVleet, but he’ll can must be more careful down the stretch.
The Raptors were better, the Warriors were scrappier and Toronto went into halftime at Oracle up, 60-57.
The lead actually felt take care of it’ll also tranquil be well-known bigger for the Raptors. They shot the ball smartly, they harassed Golden Divulge’s shooters, and they also forced 10 turnovers. Kyle Lowry, who scored Toronto’s first 11 aspects, is up to 21, Pascal Siakam has 13 and Serge Ibaka closed the first half on a trail, all as soon as more and all as soon as more attending to the basket against Golden Divulge’s small lineup, and has 10 off the bench.
But by some potential, some manner, the Warriors are staying within the sport. Klay Thompson has virtually matched Lowry with 18 aspects, selecting up 8 from the free-throw line, Andre Iguodala has 11, showing off a pleasing array of dunks, and Draymond Green is being his well-liked versatile self with 4 aspects, 9 rebounds and eight assists.
The celebs of the groups were rather quieter. Stephen Curry is being his well-liked disruptive self along with his off-ball fade, but he’s scored factual 9 aspects on 2 of 7 shooting. Kawhi Leonard has 9 aspects and a couple of rebounds and picked up a costly third abominable slack within the quarter — one which gave Thompson three free aspects.
Golden Divulge looks to have a desire: Walk small to delivery up the offense (which lets Ibaka dominate interior), or creep broad to solidify its defense (leaving factual one shooter on the court docket). Neither choice is in particular attention-grabbing and Toronto, making an are attempting to cease out a championship on the highway, looks to be working to drive an serve it doesn’t matter what the Warriors resolve.
Scott Cacciola: I wrote about Kyle Lowry after he did pretty loads of small stuff to again the Raptors gain Sport 1. He did no longer exactly litter the box rating. Nicely, he has done all the pieces for Toronto tonight: scoring, passing, leading, steadying. In your entire trade that the Raptors have passed thru in most modern seasons to shape themselves into bona fide contender, Lowry has been a fixed. And he, bigger than any individual else within the franchise, with the that you just would also judge exception of Masai Ujiri, the team’s president of basketball operations, has been thru essentially the most, along with the many lows. He is doing all he can to examine out to discontinue this allege tonight, on the final be aware of highs.
2nd Quarter: Toronto is lacking Marc Gasol.
Stephen Curry came support into the sport and Golden Divulge went on a straight away 6-0 inch to resolve a lead, 44-43.
The offensive push modified into all about Curry’s capability to creep with and without the ball. He had defenders trailing him all over the court docket, helping sigh up two dunks: one by Kevon Looney, and one by Andre Iguodala on a feed from Draymond Green. Curry tossed in rather floater of his have whereas making an are attempting to design a abominable.
The extraordinary allege for the Raptors is how tight this sport is regardless of Kawhi Leonard having factual 4 aspects and Marc Gasol having factual 1. All of their offense has been Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet. Leonard can explode at any time, but to this level he’s factual 2 of 5 from the topic and looks to be getting aggravated.
Scott Cacciola: Kawhi Leonard has had a tranquil launch, however the Raptors have gotten completely nothing from Marc Gasol, who’s overlooked all four of his topic-purpose makes an are attempting and factual committed a turnover. It doubtlessly goes without asserting that the Raptors can’t rely upon Kyle Lowry to protect carrying them: Contributions from the likes of Gasol would possibly perhaps per chance well be welcome.
2nd Quarter: Paging Stephen Curry …
The Warriors went to a massive lineup, with Steph Curry out and DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney both in, and whereas they started the second quarter smartly they started to descend leisurely attributable to of Toronto’s delivery air shooting. With the Raptors leading, 43-38, Steve Kerr modified into forced to resolve a timeout.
Pascal Siakam hit one other 3-pointer, making him 3 of 4 within the sport after a stretch coming into the sport in which he’d overlooked 12 straight, and Fred VanVleet is continuing his streak as a well-known bench scorer, with two 3-pointers in 9 minutes of action.
For the Warriors with a purpose to rating against Toronto’s terrific defense, they’ll no longer have the flexibility to have many stretches in which both Klay Thompson and Curry aren’t on the floor.
Stop of 1st Quarter
The Raptors led 8-0 and 11-2, but on the cease of the first quarter their serve had shriveled to 33-32 attributable to of a 7-0 inch by Golden Divulge reach the pinnacle of the duration that incorporated a refined 3-level play by DeMarcus Cousins and a wide-delivery 3-pointer from Draymond Green.
Kyle Lowry is definitely the tale of the sport to this level, with 15 aspects after going 4 for 4 from 3-level fluctuate, but Klay Thompson has 10, Stephen Curry — after a truly tranquil launch to the sport — has 7, and Cousins, who to this level has been making an affect since coming into the sport in situation of Kevon Looney.
There have already been a mixed 22 3-pointers attempted in this sport, with both groups making an are attempting to bury different.
1st Quarter: Klay is in Sport 6 mode.
Gash Nurse brought in Serge Ibaka and Steve Kerr countered with DeMarcus Cousins, with both groups going for some dimension rapidly sooner than a timeout. To this level the Raptors are up 26-22, a lead that looks a ways too small smitten by how smartly they shot the ball early.
For the explanation that 3-pointer explosion from Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam, the Golden Divulge response has been pretty loads of Klay Thompson. He came into the sport with a fame for broad Sport 6s and he has 10 aspects within the first quarter. Stephen Curry, meanwhile, has yet to are attempting a topic purpose, and Kawhi Leonard has factual 2 aspects.
1st Quarter: Siakam is off to a better launch this time.
Scott Cacciola: Pascal Siakam, a breakout smartly-known individual for Toronto within the playoffs, is coming off a tranquil effort in his team’s Sport 5 loss: 12 aspects on 6 of 15 shooting. Sooner than tonight’s sport, Coach Gash Nurse modified into asked about Siakam’s struggles. Nurse stated he modified into no longer concerned.
“I mediate he’s confirmed all playoffs long, and even all season long, that he’s a major-time participant,” Nurse stated. “Utterly different night, if you would possibly perhaps per chance per chance well per chance take care of me to be completely candid, I wasn’t pleased along with his defensive effort. I thought he factual would possibly perhaps per chance even have done more. He would possibly perhaps per chance even were more appealing.”
Siakam indubitably looks more appealing tonight, on both ends. He’s already got a couple of 3s to again the Raptors to their sizzling launch.
1st Quarter: Andre Iguodala is aggressive early.
At the first timeout the Raptors are up 17-12, having cooled off at a least rather after Kyle Lowry got them off to such an graceful launch.
Toronto is 5 of 7 from 3-level fluctuate — with two coming from Pascal Siakam who had been struggling — but Golden Divulge is forcing its manner to the basket to develop up for some early 3s no longer falling.
Maybe essentially the most necessary piece of the sport for Golden Divulge’s offense is Andre Iguodala making an are attempting aggressive and Stephen Curry, to this level, being tranquil beyond a couple of free throws.
Scott Cacciola: All over the first timeout, they confirmed a tribute to Kevin Durant on the video board, featuring highlights of the injured smartly-known individual and audio clips from his teammates. A “Sufficient-D! Sufficient-D!” chant broke out within the crowd. Sooner than the sport, loads of teammates wore warm-up shirts bearing Durant’s title and quantity, 35.
1st Quarter: Is that in actuality Kyle Lowry?
Kyle Lowry got off to an graceful launch to the sport, going on a private 8-0 inch with a layup and a pair of three-pointers. Golden Divulge in the end got on the board when Kevon Looney drove to the basket for a dunk, but then Lowry connected all as soon as more with one other 3-pointer giving him 11 for the sport. The inclined guard looks on a mission to derive this sport off to a massive launch for Toronto.
Scott Cacciola: It’ll also reach as some shock to viewers at house that the crowd modified into very loud sooner than the sport, this being the N.B.A. finals and all — to boot to to it being closing sport at Oracle Area. But Kyle Lowry: Artful Historical is in actuality taking the lifestyles out of this situation. It’s in actuality tranquil. So rapidly. So without be aware.
Kevon Looney, playing his manner thru a severe chest injury, started the sport at center for Golden Divulge and misplaced the tip to Toronto’s Marc Gasol. Sport 6, the closing N.B.A. sport at Oracle, is officially underway.
Starting up lineups
Stephen Curry/Kyle Lowry
Klay Thompson/Danny Green
Andre Iguodala/Kawhi Leonard
Draymond Green/Pascal Siakam
Kevon Looney/Marc Gasol