Warriors down 3-1 in NBA Finals

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If this is the final game in Oakland before the Warriors' move to San Francisco, we have to give the old arena credit.

The Toronto Raptors are catching the Golden State Warriors on fumes, battered, aging, and at the end of their superb five-year run.

Early Thursday, the 6 God went to his Instagram Story and did not hold back on the savagery by posting a party pic featuring the Dubs' Klay Thompson.

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The Raptors did suffer some misfortune in the fourth quarter when guard Fred VanVleet was inadvertently elbowed in the face by the Warriors' Shaun Livingston.

Leonard also hauled down a team-high 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who are making their Finals debut. Leonard finished the evening with 36 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 11-of-22 from the field.

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In the moments after another stunning, no-nonsense win over the Golden State Warriors to push their lead into the series to 3-1, the scene on the carpeted path the doors of the locker room was somewhat head-shaking.

The Raptors' speed and length are what should propel them to a title unless the Warriors have a historic comeback left.

Toronto outscored Golden State 37-21 in the decisive third, a complete reverse of the Warriors' dominance after halftime with an 18-0 run in the Game 2 victory. His efforts in Game 4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals in Philadelphia allowed the Raptors to survive that game, before his incredible series-ending buzzer-beater in Game 7 allowed them to advance.

Draymond Green recorded a 10-point, 12-assist double-double, and Kevon Looney, returning from a shoulder injury, chipped in with 10 points for the Warriors. And then it's possible that Durant, a free-agent-in-waiting, has played for the Warriors for the last time.

The Raptors acquired Leonard, Gasol and Danny Green in their quest for their first National Basketball Association championship.

"Two big-boy shots we came out of the half with, two back-to-back 3s. that just kinda let you know how we were gonna approach the third quarter and the rest of the half".

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Still though, it wasn't as if Curry was alone in the freezer from deep, the entire Warriors team excluding Klay Thompson shot a miserable 2-for-17. "Eh, we would've lost to Golden State anyway".

"When he's involved with everything on defense, running the floor and also making open shots, I think just his energy overall [lifts the team]", Pascal Siakam said.

Just like the first quarter, though, the Raptors were able to hang around and stop a Warriors freight train in motion. "They've got a lot of experience, guys who have been here before". VanVleet continued to play strong defense on Stephen Curry, who scored 27 points but shot 9-for-22 overall and 2-for-9 from 3-point range. It's hard to believe that he doesn't want to play, and the fact that he hasn't been seen yet in this series just reiterates how not mild this "mild" strain was.

What Ibaka has brought, as much as blocked shots or jump shots, is energy.

Having put themselves one win away from achieving the only goal they set in the pre-season that matters - the only goal that really ever matters to true professionals - the composure, to a man, was stunning.

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