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TORONTO, Canada – Clutch three-pointers by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson enabled the defending champion Golden State Warriors to edge Toronto, 106-105, on Monday, June 10 (Tuesday, June 11, Philippine time) and sustain their hopes of winning a third consecutive NBA Finals.
Curry scored 31 points while Thompson added 26 as the Warriors pulled within 3-2 in the best-of-seven championship series, forcing a sixth game Thursday at Oakland, California, with Game 7 if needed in Toronto on Sunday.
But the victory was dimmed by the loss of Warriors star Kevin Durant, who made his long-awaited return from a right calf injury but scored just 11 points in 12 minutes before suffering a right Achilles tendon injury and being helped off the court. (READ: Warriors confirm Durant Achilles injury after Game 5 win)
Durant, the 2017 and 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player and Golden State's top playoff scorer with 34.2 points a game, left the arena on crutches and will have an MRI on Tuesday. (LOOK: NBA players react to Kevin Durant Achilles injury)
Kawhi Leonard, who led Toronto with 26 points, sank a back-to-back three-pointer and jumper to give the Raptors, who trailed by 14 points in the 3rd quarter, their largest lead at 103-97 with 3:28 remaining.
Golden State answered with Thompson and Curry sinking three-pointers and Thompson nailing another that put Golden State ahead to stay at 106-103 with 57 seconds to play.
Kyle Lowry cut the lead to the final margin with 30 seconds remaining and, after Golden State's DeMarcus Cousins was whistled for a foul trying to set a screen, the Raptors had one last chance to swipe the title. (READ: Raptors must cope with near miss as Warriors get new life)
But the Warriors double-teamed Leonard and Draymond Green blocked a Lowry corner three-point shot at the buzzer, the crowd going from loud cheers to stunned silence in shockingly short order. (READ: Warriors seek one last win in farewell to NBA's oldest arena) – With a report from Agence France-Presse