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Raptors fans ready for Game 4 of NBA Finals

Raptors fans ready for Game 4 of NBA Finals

With Klay Thompson included in the Golden State Warriors lineup after missing out in Game 3, the Toronto Raptors knew that the pivotal Game 4 would be no walk in the park.

Kawhi Leonard, acquired in the off-season in a blockbuster trade precisely for this reason, scored 17 of his 36 points in the Raptors' massive third quarter to lead Toronto to a gritty 105-92 come-from-behind victory.

The Raptors abysmal shooting night continued into the second quarter, and they were shooting 37-percent from the field an 11-percent from three, with Leonard hitting the only two three-pointers of the half for Toronto. Fred VanVleet added eight points and six assists off the bench, plus seven stitches after taking a Shaun Livingston elbow to the face.

"I think we do it collectively", Gasol had said. Pascal Siakam added 19 points in 41 minutes, shooting 6-for-14 from the floor. We did the little things, and at the end of the day, like (Leonard) said - the board man - it's a blue-collar team, and these guys did all the little things we needed to do to get a win. Serge Ibaka had 20 points on nine-for-12 shooting and two blocked shots. Obviously coming out here, trying to get two road wins, we took care of business in Game 3 and just wanted to come out here in Game 4 and get another one and put ourselves in good position for the rest of the series.

"Again, whether we're up 2-1 or down 2-1, or down 2-0 or blah, blah, blah, we haven't really talked about the score of the series at all the entire playoffs", Nurse said.

Warriors' coach Steve Kerr said he's hopeful that he'll return in Game 5 or 6.

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Kawhi Leonard then made sure they took full advantage of it.

In all, Leonard was responsible for the final 12 Toronto points of the period.

In the leadup to the NBA Finals, Green hadn't been making much hay from three-point range. "We got to - we can draw on those experiences that we had back in the day and see what happens". That he missed Game 3 with a hamstring injury and was expected to be in the lineup for Game 4 figured to goose Golden State's stopping power. We'll fly to Toronto tomorrow and take a look at the film, see what we can do better and try to win a game.

Now there's a chance that loud and proud Oracle Arena has seen its last National Basketball Association game. He also had 12 points and four steals.

Game 5 is Monday in Toronto, which will spend the next three days in delirious anticipation of seeing the Larry O'Brien Trophy getting hoisted on Canadian soil. Curry's 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pulled Golden State within eight and gave the Warriors a chance. The Warriors went into the halftime break up 46-42.

And while the Raptors still have one more game to win, the fans are already anticipating something special.


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