Game Centre: Raptors knock off Warriors in overtime despite Durant’s 51

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It's no question that a fully healthy Golden State team will likely return to their fifth-consecutive NBA Finals, but what if come May and June they still aren't fully healthy? But it stoked belief in the idea that the Raptors could make their first NBA Finals and stand in the way of the Dubs repeating as champs. The last time Golden State dropped five-straight on the road was during the 2012-2013 season.

Golden State rallied to within two in the fourth and Durant kept hitting big shots to keep the pressure on, including the tying three with eight seconds left.

It was the marquee National Basketball Association game of the night, with the TNT crew of Chris Webber and Marv Albert broadcasting courtside, and all sportscasters wore flamboyant suit jackets to honour the late sideline reporter Craig Sager.

Nick Nurse certainly was dressed for the occasion. But the Raptors clawed their way back and when Green drilled a three-pointer with 4:42 to play, it capped an 8-0 run that put Toronto back up by 10, prompting a deafening roar from the Scotiabank Arena crowd that included Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, Drake, and UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. After opening 10-2 with him, Golden State has gone just 5-5 and dealt with infighting without him.

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Curry, meanwhile, sat out with strained adductor (groin).

Durant had 51 points, his third straight game with at least 40 points, while Klay Thompson added 23 points.

Moving forward, the Raptors can and will improve upon the ways in which they play with a lead provided they learn from common themes in the games in which leads were cut into. People who know, however, know that this is a far better Raptors team than in years past, and that we shouldn't hold past playoff failures against them. "The media coverage we're used to, the fans outside the hotel", Kerr said. That was thanks in large part to near-perfect shooting from Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka, who went a combined 13-for-13 until Leonard missed a three at the three-minute mark.

Leonard, and Danny Green shared lots of insights with the Raps from their experiences in San Antonio taking on the Warriors. Durant seemingly had an answer for each run made by the Raptors and kept the Warriors within striking distance despite being shorthanded. Only four of their next 14 games come against teams with losing records, including two against Cleveland.

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