The Golden State Warriors managed to keep their season alive with a nail-biting victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
For as much consistency as fans of the Golden State Warriors had grown accustomed to over the years, Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals was anything but stable. Sure, Golden State managed to eke out a slim 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors. How it got to the final buzzer was quite the roller coaster.
One of the biggest surprises came well before tip-off when it was announced Kevin Durant would suit up after over a month since he last played. KD started off well with 11 points in 11 minutes but suffered another injury to the same leg at the 9:46 mark of the second quarter. He was seen walking out of the locker room in the third quarter with his right leg in a boot and his long-term status remains up in the air.
With Durant out, it looked as though the Dubs were dead in the water. Instead, the Warriors did what’s become the norm for the two-time defending champions, building up a lead as high as 14 midway through the third quarter on the backbone of the Splash Brothers. Stephen Curry finished with 31 points while Klay Thomspon dropped in 26.
Toronto managed to snag a six-point lead late in the final frame off 10 straight points from Kawhi Leonard, who would go on to finish with 26, along with 12 rebounds and six assists. Golden State came right back with three 3-pointers — two by Klay and one by Steph — before a last-second look from Kyle Lowry was partially blocked by Draymond Green, sending this series back to Oracle Arena for what is sure to be a thrilling Game 6 on Thursday night.
Here are three takeaways from the nail-biting Game 5 win.