Published: Tue, June 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Raptors left to rue disastrous third quarter in loss to Warriors

Raptors left to rue disastrous third quarter in loss to Warriors

A massive third quarter run changed the game for Golden State, turning a five-point deficit at the half into an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

The 32-year-old "Hotline Bling" performer and the 20-year-old "In My Blood" singer spent the night sitting court side at the Golden State Warriors vs Toronto Raptors game on Sunday night (June 2) at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. He has four points and missed all three of his shots from the field.

Golden State fell behind early, but came on strong as usual in the third quarter.

Then they needed to get as defensive stop.

It was not without suspense. If the Warriors can be a tad healthier than they were in Game 1, the script could certainly be flipped. But a wide-open Andre Iguodala replied with a three with 5.9 seconds left to put the Warriors back up by two possessions. Stephen Curry scored 23 points, Draymond Green recorded a near-triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and DeMarcus Cousins stepped up to his starting role by going for 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in a solid 28 minutes of playing time.

But, like most things that took place over the final 30 minutes of Game 2 for the Raptors, Iguodala didn't miss.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who wore a T-shirt before the game with a message to encouraging voting, says he wasn't aware of Obama's attendance until shortly before he arrived. "We'll see. He pulled his hamstring". I'm going to have to re-watch that.

Kerr had no update on Looney.

"When it gets to this stage our DNA shows up", said Curry, describing the toughness the Warriors, seeking their fourth championship in five years, showed. Danny Green's three-pointer cut Golden State's lead to just four points with nine minutes to play, but the Warriors' offence, which had 34 assists on 38 made baskets on the night, was sizzling.

Pascal Siakam was 0 for 3 in that bad stretch.

Thompson carried over his hot hand from the first half, scoring a team-best seven points on the run.

"We're in the same boat they kind of were in coming here", Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. Kerr said Durant may need only one full workout to get ready. His 11 points after the first frame surpassed his scoring total at the half of Game 1 and even after being forced to the bench with a pair of fouls, Thompson stayed hot in the second quarter. "We could use him cutting and slashing, making open threes, having another body out there to defend, and get in the way of some of their guys". They got out in transition and got a little confidence going. We always say we're at our best. "If we had a crystal ball, we would have known a long time ago what we were dealing with".

"Just started too slow", VanVleet added. "Missing shots and not getting back on defense hurt us".

The Raptors cut the lead to eight when Lowry made one of two free throws with 4:26 to play.

The referees were an unfortunate storyline of Game 2 as Lowry found himself in foul trouble early and played just 27 minutes.

Curry was hit with a technical foul for flipping the ball in the air with 1:08 to play after Cousins was charged with a foul.

They led 47-35 in the second quarter, 58-48 late in the half - and the Warriors, in a flash, turned that around and went up 72-59.

Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for the Raptors, who had red T-shirts with their slogan "We The North" hanging on seats around the arena.

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