Toronto Raptors in the lead of Pascal Siakam defeated Golden State Warriors by 118-190 in Game 1 in NBA finals. For the first time, Raptors are in NBA finals it is also the first ever final game being played outside the US.
The Canadian team took down the Golden State Warriors, the winner of past three championships.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse told Siakam came to the gym after the elimination of team in the playoffs two years. Siakam wanted to learn the shoot.
Nick Nurse said, “He was extremely hard working. Just super, super committed to finding a place in this league and improving his game.”
Gasol gave his best to the team as a raptor and finished with 20 points. He had 7 boards but fouled out with just over a minute left in the game. Notably, the team acquired him at a trade deadline.
Kawhi Leonard finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Coming to the Warriors, Pairing of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson warriors finished with 34 points and 21 points separately.
Significantly, Curry made history by making 100 career three-pointers in the NBA Finals.
Danny Green was foul trouble while clocking his fourth with 7:11. Raptors took advantage of as Warriors coach Steve Kerr decided to leave him.
Siakam gave the Raptors a lead of 73-63 scores. Green fearing of the fifth foul let Siakam go to the rim without any concerns.
Steve Kerr said, “They played a great game, they deserved to win. We’ve got to play better if we’re going to beat them.”
Raptors were at a double-digit point in the fourth quarter at less than five minutes. At that time, Warriors were in extreme trouble of fouls. Thus, it proves beneficial to the Toronto Raptors. Just after that, Thompson faced call out for technical foul and Leonard hit the ensuing free throw.
Just 3 minutes ago before the game wraps up, Raptor Fred VanVleet hit three. Hence, the Raptors rose to 110-98.
DeMarcus Cousins made his debut in the second quarter. Kevin Durant remained inactive as he is suffering a calf injury that took place in a game against Houston Rockets.
Raptors lead the game just at the half time with the 10-points lead at 49-39 scores. However, at the beginning of the game both the teams were trying to feel each other in the middle of the hectic playground.
Warriors came to face off Toronto Raptors after taking full rest. Previously, they defeated Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Finals. Even after taking 10-day rest, Warrior held shooting percentage 43.6% which is less than the 50% shooting of Raptors.
Vanvleet said, “It seems like each game it gets better and better.” As per the opinion of Lowry, it was loudest he had ever heard the building. He said, “It was pretty crazy in there tonight. We’ve got the best fans in the NBA and they’re just showing it every single night.”
Raptors owns a 58-42 regular season record that is way ahead than the record of Warriors at 57-25.
Noticeably, Game 2 of best-of-seven series will take place on Sunday in Toronto. Afterwards, the teams will go straight towards playing Game 3 & Game 4 in Oakland.