With their dynasty minutes away from being toppled, the Golden State Warriors relied on the “Splash Brothers,” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to bring them back from the brink.
The Warriors entered Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors with their backs against the wall, having lost both games at home. They welcomed back Kevin Durant from injury, then lost him in the second quarter after the All-Star forward hurt his Achilles.
The defending champions still led for most of the way, before Kawhi Leonard took over for the Raptors in the fourth quarter. They were ahead, 103-97, off a jumper by Leonard with just 3:28 to play in the game.
That was when the Splash Brothers took over. Thompson nailed a triple to trim the deficit to three points with 2:32 left, and Curry tied the game with another triple with 1:22 to go.
Off a missed three-pointer by Leonard, the Warriors found Thompson open for another three-pointer, which he coolly drained for a 106-103 lead with 57.6 seconds left.
Toronto still had a chance after Kyle Lowry’s lay-up with 30 seconds left, and an offensive foul was called on DeMarcus Cousins for a moving screen. But Lowry badly misfired on a triple that could have won the title for the Raptors as the buzzer sounded.
Curry finished with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, making 5 of his 14 triples. Thompson added 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 dimes, while making 7 of 13 triples.
Durant scored 11 points and made all 3 of his attempts from beyond the arc before suffering his injury.
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