Raptors Put Golden State Against the Wall

Colin Koot

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The Warriors have never lost Game 1 of the NBA Finals during their dynastic run of the last five years.  At least before last night.

Toronto carried over their momentum from the Eastern Conference Finals to win their fifth straight game Thursday night by the score of 118-109.

Raptor forward Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high of 32 points and Kawhi Leonard added another 23 to lift the Raptors over the Warriors.  

Curry put up a game high 34 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a ten point halftime deficit.  Toronto had never been to the NBA Finals in their 24 year history, and this was the first finals matchup ever including a Canadian team.

“We didn’t play very well tonight at all and we still had a chance the entire game,” said Warrior forward Draymond Green. “And it was a great atmosphere. This is a team or a city, a country, that hasn’t seen a finals ever here, so we expected it to be a great atmosphere and it was. But we can still play better and I know we will.”

Scotiabank Arena, home of the Raptors, was filled to capacity and flooded with fans eager for their first taste of the NBA Finals.  

“I think we did pretty good job at home,” said Siakam. “The fans are amazing, man. I just want to say that. From coming out for warm up to the end of the game, it was just the support and then going crazy. I’ve never seen anything like that.”

The Raptors took advantage of the Warriors without Kevin Durant, who could return on Sunday for Game 2.  However, many people close to the team believe that KD will wait until Game 3 to get out on the floor.

In Game 2, Golden State knows that they will play better.  The only Warrior that played well was Curry, and if everyone has a good game then they think they will be able to take the second game and go home with the series tied 1-1.

“Our goal was to get one and it’s still on the table for us,” said Warrior guard Klay Thompson. “So I know we’ll respond like the champions we are.”

The second game of the series is scheduled for Sunday night.  Everyone will get to see what Golden State is really made of when they face a possible 2-0 deficit without Kevin Durant.