Toronto Raptors retake NBA Finals lead as Danny Green shines in 123-109 win at Golden State Warriors

Canadian franchise 2-1 up in the best-of-seven series as defending champions struggle without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, centre, shoots against the Golden State Warriors during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. AP Photo
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, centre, shoots against the Golden State Warriors during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. AP Photo

Danny Green buried three of his six three-pointers in the third quarter Wednesday night as the Toronto Raptors pulled away from the Golden State Warriors for a 123-109 victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

With Warriors All-Stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson relegated to watching because of injuries, the Raptors overcame a 47-point explosion by Stephen Curry to steal back the home-court advantage by taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Game 4 is scheduled for Friday night, also on Golden State's home floor.

After blowing a double-digit lead in Game 2 only to regain another in the first half of Game 3, the Raptors were clinging to an 83-75 advantage in the final three minutes of the third period before Green bombed in back-to-back 3-pointers to expand the margin to 14.

Toronto went on to lead by as many as 16 in the period, the last time when Green nailed his third three-pointer of the period for a 96-80 advantage with 29.2 seconds remaining.

The Warriors, who had not played a home game in 20 days and hadn't lost at home since the first round of the postseason, never got closer than seven after that.

Green finished with 18 points, with all his points coming on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. The six threes were his most this post-season, but one fewer than the seven he made twice in the post-season for the San Antonio Spurs in 2013 and 2014.

Kawhi Leonard paced the Raptors with 30 points. Kyle Lowry complemented Green's long-distance shooting with five 3-pointers en route to 23 points.

Lowry also had a game-high nine assists.

The Raptors shot 17-for-38 on 3-point attempts, outscoring the Warriors 51-36 from beyond the arc.

Pascal Siakam (18 points, game-high nine rebounds) and Marc Gasol (17 points) also scored in double figures for Toronto, which was playing its first road game in 13 days.

Curry's 47 points, a career postseason high, came on 14-of-31 shooting overall and 6-of-14 accuracy on 3-point attempts. The 47 points topped his previous postseason best of 44 at San Antonio in 2013.

Curry also found time for team highs in rebounds with eight and assists with seven.

Published: June 6, 2019 08:24 AM


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