Singing, chanting Raptors fans take over Oracle after Game 3 win

Singing, chanting Raptors fans take over Oracle after Game 3 win

The surprisingly large Raptors contingent took over the arena as Toronto seized a commanding 3-1 series lead, but before it was time to call it a night, a truly wonderful moment put Bhatia and his loyal fandom in the spotlight. But the workmanlike fashion in which the Raptors got through Game 5 and got that third win of the series was so complete, the story at the buzzer could be wrapped up minutes in advance offering this rare opportunity.

Raptors player of the game: Kawhi Leonard finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 36 points and to go with a game-high 12 rebounds, two assists, four steals, and a blocked shot in 41 minutes.

There's only been one team in NBA Finals history that has rallied from a 3-1 deficit, and the Warriors were on the wrong side of history when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers did just that to them in 2016.

Unlike their four previous finals battles against the Cavs from 2015 to 2018, this year's Warriors have been plagued by injuries to key personnel.

He wasn't used down the stretch, however, as Nick Nurse stuck with veteran Danny Green who, despite a disappointing shooting performance, did a good job at covering Warriors superstar Steph Curry.

Leonard's unflappable and competitive mindset - think: "Game of Thrones" White Walker - has seeped into the Raptors' entire mentality through the season. The intensity and defensive prowess from Draymond Green was seen but mainly in the first half.

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Looney returned for Golden State after it was previously announced he was out for the remainder of the series with a rib injury. "No one's going to feel sorry for you, so you just got to go out there, man up and play to the best of your ability", said Thompson.

When Game 4 was over, while Toronto fans were waving Canadian flags in celebration inside an otherwise-stunned Oracle Arena, a glum-faced Kevin Durant was outside the Golden State locker room to greet equally glum teammates as they sauntered off the floor.

For the second straight night, every time the Warriors threatened, the Raptors had an answer.

Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and National Basketball Association along with a $500,000 fine for the incident. They haven't been able to muster the offense they need against Toronto.

As the Raptors ready themselves for Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday against the Golden State Warriors, fans are preparing for what could be a historic victory for the franchise - and the city. The Warriors, desperate to prevent this from being the final game at Oracle Arena, came out playing suffocating defense in the first quarter, and they quickly jumped out to a 23-12 lead. As you can see from the video clip below, Fred VanVleet took an accidental elbow to the face from Shaun Livingston following a shot attempt. Curry was completely lost on defense, missing out on rotations throughout Game 4. "And everything in between I've decided I'm not sharing because it's just gone haywire", Kerr said. He's either going to play or he's not. "There's so much going on, and so it doesn't make sense to continue to talk about it". Win one game and then move forward. "So tonight he's not playing".

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