With less than three and a half minutes to play in Game 5, it appeared as if the Toronto Raptors were going to knock off the Warriors and claim the NBA Championship. But then, a series of mistakes, coupled with clutch shooting from the Splash Brothers, allowed the Warriors to retake the lead and hang on to force a Game 6 back in Oakland.
Toronto had trailed for much of the game before storming back in the fourth quarter to take a six-point lead heading down the stretch. However, a timeout called by Toronto head coach Nick Nurse seemed to halt their momentum. From there Toronto never found a rhythm, and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson caught fire, combining for three consecutive threes to move in front.
After a solid defensive possession to close out the game, Kyle Lowry was forced into a tough corner three that clanked off the side of the backboard, which extended the series for at least one more game, capping off a series of plays down the stretch that stunned Paul Pierce.
“I’m very shocked. They allowed Klay to get open late, They allowed Steph to get open late, just too many small mistakes when you’re trying to win a championship,” Pierce said. “The execution the last two minutes was very poor. They should have gotten the ball to Kawhi and let him go to work, put him in some type of action, and they didn’t do that enough. That’s why we’re sitting here, going to a Game 6.”