The Raptors' offense awoke in the third quarter, and they lead the Warriors 79-67 after three periods of Game 4.
The The Toronto Raptors accomplished the improbable, beating the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors twice on their home court to push them to the brink of elimination.
Moments later, VanVleet was taken to the locker room and needed seven stitches after an injury under his right eye when he was struck by the left elbow of Warriors' Shaun Livingston under the basket, knocking out one of his teeth.
The Toronto Raptors are 12 minutes from going home with a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
"Oh, I wouldn't say hot, but I was comfortable", Green said in the wake of Game 3. Toronto got key contributions from Pascal Siakam (19 points), Serge Ibaka (20 points off the bench) and Kyle Lowry, who didn't have a great shooting night (3 of 12 from the field) but seemed to make every correct decision in the second half. We won three games.
"We've got to win one game", Green said. Toronto broke out its box-and-one defense against Warriors guard Stephen Curry again, and Golden State's offense sputtered.
"We're hoping he can play Game 5 or 6", Kerr said before Friday's game amid conflicting reports over Durant's status for the remainder of the Finals.
Kawhi Leonard then made sure they took full advantage of it.
In the first NBA Finals to feature teams from two different countries, the global anthem battle has at times almost upstaged the action on the court. The Raptors rattled off two wins in a row at the Oracle Arena to put the reigning champs on the ropes. He scored on fadeaway jumpers and three-pointers, he created steals, nabbed rebounds and drew fouls. That he missed Game 3 with a hamstring injury and was expected to be in the lineup for Game 4 figured to goose Golden State's stopping power.
"I mean, at the same time, I knew I had faith that it was going to turn around for us", Leonard said. The latest possible date for a potential Game 7 is June 16th, so Golden State is quickly running out of time to get Durant up to speed. The Raptors closed the quarter with a mini 5-0 run and Golden State took a 23-17 lead into the second. Heading into Friday, Kawhi averaged 10.8 points in the third quarter on 55.6 percent shooting and a scalding 52.6 percent from beyond the arc during the playoffs. It's really something in there, both teams' fans really get going.
Thanks to his antics - which included wearing an old-school Raptors jersey with the name of Warriors' star Steph Curry's dad Del and making fun of the sharpshooter's hair - Drake has become enemy No. 1 among Warrior fans and now that includes San Francisco media as well.
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