The Warriors suffered a scoring drought in the final five minutes allowing the Raptors to nearly steal the game with their forward Danny Green hitting a three-pointer to cut the Warriors' lead to 106-104 with 26.9 seconds to go. The Warriors scored the first 18 points of the second half to take the lead for good.
Klay Thompson will not return to Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors were tested late but held on, ultimately defeating the Raptors 109-104 in Game 2 to even the title series.
He was 1-for-6 from the field and 0-for-3 from long range in the fourth quarter as fatigue looked to set in from the high motor he was playing with all game.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse also lamented the lack of the offence during the ugly game-turning stretch.
"Probably not going to enjoy that very much, but I'm going to have to check it out".
The Toronto Raptors had the Golden State Warriors on the ropes but were undone by an terrible third quarter that allowed the two-time defending champions to escape with a win yesterday that squared up the NBA Finals.
Pascal Siakam was 0 for 3 in that bad stretch.
"Third quarter. We didn't play well enough".
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Eight straight missed shots and five turnovers. They got out in transition and got a little confidence going. "It was a great win, we get to go home and protect our home floor". "Missing every shot doesn't help, whatever, 10 possessions in a row we didn't score". Toronto didn't attempt to contest his shot, and, had he missed, the Raptors would've had a chance to either tie or win the game with a few seconds on the clock.
Danny Green sank a 3-pointer to lift the Raptors within two with 26 seconds remaining but Iguodala answered for the cold-shooting Warriors with a clutch 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining for the final points.
"We started to look like ourselves, and so at that point it just felt better. we ended up with 34 assists which is more like our team", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "So it was championship defense - and that's what it's going to take".
In any case, in the course of the last couple of challenges, the Raptors have transformed into considerably more of a reasonable scoring group, which helped them take control in Game 1.
Both teams shot 37 percent in the opening quarter.
Kawhi Leonard leads the Raptors with 28 points, 12 of them coming in the third.
All-Star point guard Steph Curry was light-headed from battling an illness, forward Andre Iguodala, already suffering a calf strain, rolled an ankle and back-up centre Kevon Looney fell heavily and bruised a shoulder. Instead of watching the Raptors play the Golden State Warriors from the comfort of their homes, fans are flocking to bars and restaurants, or to the "Jurassic Park" fanzone outside of Scotiabank Arena.
"We cut the lead to five and could kind of breathe at halftime", Kerr said.
"For me and my friends, the Raptors in the finals means you're going to be spending more and more money", Punj said. "We could use him cutting and slashing, making open threes, having another body out there to defend, and get in the way of some of their guys".