Warriors even NBA Finals after third-quarter surge
The Golden State Warriors have stolen the home-court advantage with a 109-104 Game 2 victory over Toronto in the NBA Finals. The Warriors went on an 18-0 run to begin the third quarter after trailing the Raptors 59-54 at halftime. The surge gave them a commanding 72-59 lead.
At one point in the first half, the Warriors trailed by 12 points and appeared in danger of losing the first two games of the series. Adding to that was playing another game without the services of Kevin Durant. Steph Curry briefly retreated to the locker room to address flu-like symptoms or dehydration.
But, ESPN.com reported the Warriors have engineered 21 double-digit comebacks in the past five postseasons. Ten of those have come on the road.
For one and a half games, it looked like the Toronto Raptors were the better team. But, the first six minutes of the third quarter changed all that. Toronto, however, did not give up down the stretch.
The Raptors trailed by 12 with 5:39 to play, but cut that deficit to two with just 27 seconds left on a Danny Green three-pointer. They nearly stole the ball in the ensuing possession, but the Warriors got it back, and Andre Iguodala hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to seal the win.
DeMarcus Cousins, making his first start since being injured in Game 2 of the first round, had 11 points and 10 rebounds. After a slow start, Steph Curry finished with 23. Klay Thompson had 25 but was injured after landing awkwardly on a three-point attempt in the fourth quarter and did not return.
Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 34 points, while Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowery and Pascal Siakam also scored in double-figures.
The Warriors said Thompson had left hamstring tightness. Fortunately for him, both teams will get two days off before the series picks up again with Game 3 on Wednesday night in San Francisco.