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Mae Harvey
June 9, 2019

The Raptors players may have been locked in and stoic after securing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, but the team's fans can nearly taste a championship north of the border.

The final seven minutes of the first quarter: Leonard free throws (6:04), Leonard 3-pointer (4:52), Leonard fadeaway jumper (3:37), Leonard turnaround jumper (44.2 seconds), Leonard pull-up 3-pointer (27.6). Tonight's Game 4 matchup with the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors brought out all the stars.

Fred VanVleet had a bit of a scare and left the game with 9:35 left after getting inadvertently elbowed in the face by Shaun Livingston as the Warriors guard attempted a shot.

The stitches repaired the cut under VanVleet's eye, but he did not suffer a concussion. "We have some guys that are fiery and feisty, but we all just stay level headed and never get too up, never get too down".

When the Warriors did try to stop Leonard, it opened plays for Serge Ibaka, who came off the bench to score 20 points.

Historically, teams that take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals have gone on to win the championship 33 times, losing only once. Toronto broke out its box-and-one defense against Warriors guard Stephen Curry again, and Golden State's offense sputtered. In Toronto's two wins they've shot over 50 per cent from the field and averaged above 40 per cent from three-point range. Toronto made up for their three-point shooting woes at the line, where the team was a ideal 7-for-7 in the quarter.

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For the second straight night, every time the Warriors threatened, the Raptors had an answer. We don't make that final call ... he don't really even make that final call.

Playing like a desperate champion reluctant to relinquish their crown, the Warriors began with a frenetic pace and enjoyed stretches of offensive cohesion, sparked by Klay Thompson, who missed Game 3 with a strained hamstring. The Warriors would do all within their power to assure that Game 4 wouldn't be the last taste of basketball in the Oracle Arena.

Green delivered another impressive all-around performance with 10 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

"It's not a good feeling right now, obviously, but like you said, we have been on both sides of it", Curry said. "We got to - we can draw on those experiences that we had back in the day and see what happens".

Game 5 of the series is scheduled for Monday and Game 6 will be on Thursday. Curry's 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pulled Golden State within eight and gave the Warriors a chance. The Raptors closed the quarter with a mini 5-0 run and Golden State took a 23-17 lead into the second.

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