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Warriors and Curry outsmart Kawhi Leonard to win game 5 of the NBA Finals: Keep NBA Finals alive

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Stephen Curry spearheaded Golden State Warriors and kept their NBA Finals dreams alive, forcing Game 6 after winning a thriller against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5. The 106-105 win took place at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena and the Raptors were disappointed that they missed out, particularly with their talisman Kawhi Leonard in scintillating touch. Stephen Curry outsmarted him by scoring a valuable 31 points while Klay Thompson put up 26 points including a vital triple which enabled a lead of 106-103 with less than a minute remaining.

Kevin Durant returned to action after sitting out for 9 games in succession with a calf injury. However, he got injured in his right leg again, leaving in the second quarter. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors, picking up 26 points inclusive of 6 assists and 12 rebounds. Toronto had the lead at 103-97 with 3 minutes and 28 seconds remaining although Thompson’s triple put them behind. Game 6 will take place at the Oracle Arena on the 14th of June, 2019.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson thwarted Kawhi Leonard’s efforts by combining beautifully to notch up three consecutive triples after going behind by 6 points. Draymond Green also tipped away the incoming beater from Kyle Lowry which would have otherwise won the championship for the Toronto Raptors. Durant made a difference early on, scoring 11 points swiftly and freeing up Curry while limiting space for Kawhi Leonard to roam freely and defend his NBA Finals MVP (two-time).

Even DeMarcus Cousins came up with 7 fast points after Durant’s departure. Kawhi Leonard however had ideas of his own and went into a thrilling takeover in the fourth quarter of the game, picking up 10 points straight for the Toronto Raptors, creating an advantage of 6 points. However, Thompson and Curry then got into the act, outsmarting him and the Raptors, en route towards winning Game 5.

Head Coach Nick Nurse also called for an exciting timeout when Toronto was up by 6 points after Leonard’s thrilling sequence of 10 straight points. This halted the overall momentum and helped the Warriors stage a comeback. He did not call for a timeout upon the final possession and could not ensure a winning move from Kawhi Leonard. The Golden State Warriors once blew their lead of 3-1 in the NBA Finals back in the year 2016. The Toronto Raptors will now have to be careful, particularly their star player Kawhi Leonard whose efforts were outsmarted by the dynamic duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

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