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Warriors Come Alive In Third Quarter, Even NBA Finals

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For one and a half games of the 2019 NBA Finals, it looked like the Toronto Raptors were the better team. Then the first six minutes of Game 2’s third quarter happened.

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The Golden State Warriors scored the first 18 points of the second half and fairly easily held Toronto at arm’s length the rest of the way. The Warriors’ 109-104 win sends the series to Oakland tied at one game apiece.

The Raptors trailed by 12 with 5:39 to play, but cut that deficit to two with just 27 seconds left on a Danny Green three-pointer. They nearly stole the ball in the ensuing possession, but the Warriors won it back and Andre Iguodala hit a three-pointer with six seconds left to seal the win.

DeMarcus Cousins, making his first start since being injured in Game 2 of the first round, had 11 points and 10 rebounds. After a slow start, Steph Curry finished with 23. Klay Thompson had 25 but was injured after landing awkwardly on a three-point attempt in the fourth quarter and did not return.

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The Warriors said Thompson had left hamstring tightness. Fortunately for him, both teams will get two days off before the series picks up again with Game 3 on Wednesday night.

Staff editor, Deadspin

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