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Raptors Can Secure First Title Monday Night

Toronto 105 Golden State 92
By Isaac E

The Toronto Raptors are one win away from winning the NBA championship after Friday night’s Game 4 victory over the Golden State Warriors by the score of 105-92.

Kawhi Leonard the unquestioned at this point MVP of the playoffs and a huge favorite to become Finals MVP if the Raptors win the series delivered 36 points, 12 rebounds, and four steals.

The Raptors were behind by four at halftime, and Leonard poured in 17 points in the third quarter. The Raptors outscored Golden State by 16 in the third quarter and entered the fourth quarter with a shocking 12-point lead.

Toronto also received support from Serge Ibaka who had 20 points, four rebounds, and two blocks off the bench. Pascal Siakam added 19 points and five rebounds.

The Warriors are mortal, especially when dealing with the rash of injuries, but hurt or not everyone except for Kevin Durant played on Friday night. Klay Thompson returned after missing Game 3 with a hamstring injury, and Kevon Looney who was ruled out for the rest of the series played despite favoring his hurt shoulder at times.

Both Thompson and Looney gave inspiring efforts as Thompson finished with 28 points with six three-pointers made while Looney scored 10 points and collected six rebounds.

The problem for the Warriors is they have struggled to find a tertiary scorer. Stephen Curry scored 27 points although he struggled at times from the field, the next highest scorer was a tie between Draymond Green who finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and Looney with 10 points.

The Warriors have a small room for error without Durant in this series against the multi-faceted Raptors. A return of Durant is likely paramount if the Warriors are to come back in the series and three-peat.

The series now returns to Toronto where the Raptors have the opportunity to end the series in Game 5 on Monday night.

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