The Golden State Warriors went into Game 5 facing a 3-1 deficit in the Finals. They needed to win at all cost, in order to extend the Finals and prevent the Toronto Raptors from hoisting the Larry O’ Brien trophy. They managed to win the game 106-105 at the end, but at the cost of Kevin Durant. After making a heroic return from a month long injury layoff, Durant got himself, and the Warriors off to a fiery start and quickly racked up 11 points in 12 minutes, knocking down all three of his three point attempts. However, in the second quarter, disaster struck as Durant hurt his right Achilles tendon when he tried to dribble past Serge Ibaka. The Raptors fans showed some classless behaviour by cheering his injury and the Raptors players had to step in to quiet them down. Durant was helped into the locker room by Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry. A very emotional Warriors President of Basketball Operations, Bob Myers revealed that Durant had suffered an Achilles injury and will undergo an MRI scan tomorrow.
The Warriors somehow managed to hold the lead throughout the game until late in the fourth quarter when Kawhi Leonard scored 10 unanswered points to give the Raptors a six point lead . However, with a little over 3 minutes to go in the game, the Warriors went on their own 9-2 run (where Steph Curry and Klay Thompson made all three of their three point attempts) and managed to cling on to a 1 point win. Game 6 will be back in Oakland, the last game ever at the Oracle Arena.
ICYMI, here are the game highlights: