2019 NBA Finals Game 4 Recap

Game 4: Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors
ATS Result: Toronto +5.5
O/U Result: Under 216

 

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TOR

17

25

37

26

105

GSW

23

23

21

25

92

All Raptors not named Kawhi Leonard got off to a very rocky start in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Kawhi shot 5-of-8 and dropped 14 in the first quarter. The rest of the team combined for 12 points on 1-of-13 shooting (7%).

The script was flipped in the second quarter for Toronto. Kawhi did not score a point. He went 0-for-4 from the field and did not earn a trip to the free throw line. The Raptors went 0-for-7 from 3-point range in the second quarter.

It was an ugly first half for the Raptors. They shot just 34% from the field and 2-of-17 (11.8%) from 3-point range.

Despite everything that went wrong for Toronto in the first half, they were down just four points at halftime, a deficit they would quickly wipe out.

The Raptors came out aggressive in the third quarter. Kawhi made back-to-back threes to erase the deficit and give Toronto their first lead of the game. Toronto's 37 points made it the highest scoring quarter of the game for either team. The Raps made six of their eight threes in the quarter. They shot 54% from the field.

From the third point forward, Toronto controlled the game.

Kawhi Leonard finished with 36 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists. He shot 50% from the field and 56% from 3-point range.

He got plenty of help from Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam. Ibaka scored 20 points in 22 minutes off the bench. He grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots. Siakam scored 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 assist. He was a disruption on defense which contributed to Golden State's scoring woes.

Fred VanVleet left the game in the fourth quarter after catching an accidental yet nasty elbow from Shaun Livingston. VanVleet dropped to the floor and had blood oozing from his face. He did not return and is listed Day-to-Day for Game 5.

So, what happened to the Warriors?

It just wasn't their night. Steph Curry scored 27 points, but that doesn't tell the whole story. He shot 9-of-22 to score those 27 points. Curry missed his first five three-pointers. He went 2-of-9 from beyond-the-arc when it was all said and done.

Steph Curry wasn't the only player to struggle on the floor. Green, Iguodala, McKinne, and Cook shot a combined 0-for-8 from three.

Klay Thompson was the only other Warrior to make a three-point shot. Klay had a great game. He shot 61% from the field and 60% from three. Thompson finished with 28 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.

Kevon Looney, who was expected to miss the remainder of the series, returned to action on Friday night. He scored 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist in 20 minutes off the bench.

Golden State now find themselves down 3-1. Teams are 1-33 when trailing 3-1 in a seven game series. The only team to overcome a 3-1 deficit were LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers when they came from behind to beat the Warriors. "Warriors blew a 3-1 lead" sound familiar?

Golden State has a chance to become the only team to blow a 3-1 lead and overcome a 3-1 deficit. To do that, they'll need Kevin Durant.

Game 5 will be played on Monday, June 10th in Toronto's Scotiabank Arena.