2019 NBA Finals Game 5 Recap

Game 5: Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors
ATS Result: Toronto +5.5
O/U Result: Under 216

 

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GSW

34

28

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106

TOR

28

28

22

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105

Kevin Durant made his long-awaited return for the Golden State Warriors. He had missed the last nine games for the Warriors with what has been called a calf-related injury. KD got off to a quick start in his return. He scored 11 points in 12 minutes. He went a perfect 3-3 from 3-point land and 2-2 from the free throw line.

Then it happened.

With 9:46 left in the second quarter, Durant was sizing up Serge Ibaka, who was contesting him well. Durant turned his back towards Ibaka and as soon as he planted his right foot, he grabbed his heel. That was all she wrote for Durant.

Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala escorted KD to the locker room area for what may have been Durant's last appearance in a Warriors jersey.

To say the decision to play Durant seemed forced is an understatement. The injury always seemed more serious than what the Warriors were letting on. It didn't feel like we would actually see Durant return this postseason. It felt like we shouldn't.

It wasn't until the Warriors found themselves down 3-1 that Durant even practiced with the team. KD was clearly frustrated when he went down and understandable so. Doris Burke reported that Durant was given "space" in the trainer's room because of his "raw emotions". Hopefully the Durantula makes a speedy and quick recovery.

Golden State had a solid first half, though you can see the difference after KD left the game. The Warriors became sloppy with the ball. They made poor passing decisions and fumbled the ball several times.

Draymond Green picked up his sixth technical foul of the postseason. One more T and Green will be suspended for a game.

The Warriors entered the half with a six point lead, one the diminished as halftime approached.

Kawhi took over the game late in the fourth quarter, leading Toronto to a 12-2 run and their first lead of the game.

After giving up the big lead, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson hit a series of big shots down the stretch to take the lead.

The Raptors had a chance to steal the game and the championship. They were down one and had the ball with 15.7 seconds remaining. Kyle Lowry missed the game-winning three-pointer and the Warriors lived to fight another day.

The Splash Brothers combined for 57 points. Steph Curry scored 31 points while Klay dropped 26 of his own.

DeMarcus Cousins played quality minutes. He was a presence on defense and put up 14 points on 6-8 shooting. Draymond Green recorded 10, 10, and in the win. The Warriors shot 46% from the field and 48% from 3-point range.

The Raptors had an all-around team effort. Six players scored in the double digits. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and assisted on six baskets.

Marc Gasol dropped 17 points, almost exclusively in the first half. Pascal Siakam scored 12 points.

Fred VanVleet, who found himself in foul trouble early, scored 11 points. Serge Ibaka dropped 15 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.

The Raptors shot 45% from the field. They struggled mightily from 3-point range where they went 8-for-32.

Game 6 will be played at ORACLE Arena on Thursday, June 13th at 9:00pm EST.