Stephen Curry admitted it was tough to watch Golden State Warriors team-mate Klay Thompson suffer a serious injury on a "freak play" during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Thompson was hurt in the closing minutes of the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, landing awkwardly when fouled by Danny Green in the process of attempting to dunk.

The five-time All-Star initially headed towards the locker room but returned to the court to shoot two free throws, hitting both to put the Warriors 85-80 ahead.

However, the Raptors went on to win 114-110 and clinch a 4-2 series triumph, with Golden State later confirming a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Thompson's left knee following an MRI scan.

"It's just tough in terms of a guy like Klay that left it all out there. He was playing amazing tonight," Curry told the media prior to the official injury update from the Warriors.

"And to see a freak play like that where he lands awkwardly. I don't know the diagnosis yet, but you think about the person and the guy and how much he loves to play the game and that's the only thoughts you have." 

The Warriors had the chance to take the lead in a dramatic finish to the contest, only for Curry's three-point attempt to stay out.

Yet the two-time NBA MVP had no regrets with the attempt from deep, stating: "The shot was one I take 10 out of 10 times.

"We ran a play that was kind of - we got a decent look off of kind of a bobbled catch, and I could see the rim, so I shot it.

"I'll live with that. We always talk about that, myself and Klay, in terms of shots that we take, you live with it. I would shoot that shot every day of the week."

Draymond Green insisted defeat to the Toronto Raptors does not signal the end of the Golden State Warriors' NBA dynasty, proclaiming: "We'll be back."

After staying alive with victory in Toronto on Monday, the Warriors saw their bid for a third straight title end in front of their own fans with defeat in an eventful Game 6 of the Finals.

Already without Kevin Durant after he ruptured an Achilles in Game 5, Golden State's bid to level the series on Thursday was further hampered by the loss of Klay Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee late in the third quarter.

Both injured players may not feature for the team again - Durant has a player option for next season, while Thompson is set to become a free agent - having been key figures in title-winning campaigns in 2017 and 2018.

Yet Green, who is eligible for a contract extension this offseason, is confident the Warriors can recover from the disappointment of missing out on a three-peat, despite predictions their period of dominance is coming towards a conclusion.

"I think everybody thinks it's kind of the end of us. But that's just not smart. We're not done yet," the three-time All-Star said in his post-game press conference.

"We lost this year. Clearly just wasn't our year, but that's how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

"But, yeah, I hear a lot of that noise, it's the end of a run and all that jazz. I don't see it happening though. We'll be back."

Team-mate Stephen Curry shares Green's optimism over the future, while adding the Warriors' five straight trips to the NBA Finals had been "awesome".

Curry, who finished the game with 21 points, missed a contested three-point attempt in the closing seconds that would have put Golden State ahead. Green eventually grabbed the loose ball in the aftermath but called for a timeout when his team had none remaining, leading to a turnover in possession and a technical foul.

"It's a one-possession game to keep our season alive tonight. So we'll be thinking about this one, it's tough," Curry told the media.

"But our DNA and who we are and the character that we have on this team, I wouldn't bet against us being back on this stage next year and going forward. So, really proud of the way that we fought until the end and this five-year run's been awesome, but definitely don't think it's over."

The Toronto Raptors won their first title in franchise history with a 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

This all started last year when the Raptors was swept by LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.

Toronto went for it after that, trading for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green and picking up Marc Gasol at the deadline.

It turned into an Eastern Conference title and eventually a championship.

Here are seven key stats from the Raptors' title run:

 

732: Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard scored 732 points in the postseason, which is the third most by any player in playoff history (LeBron James, 2018 and Michael Jordan, 1992).

16: Toronto's Fred VanVleet hit 16 three-pointers in this series, setting an NBA record for the most shots made from beyond the arc off the bench in a Finals. JR Smith and Robert Horry are now tied for second with 15.

26, 10: Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and added 10 assists in the Raptors' win. He is just the sixth player ever to have 25 or more points and 10 or more assists in Game 6 or 7 of an NBA Finals. He joins LeBron James as the only other player to do it on the road.

(Ditto): Pascal Siakam also scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds for the triumphant Raptors.

0 for 9: Warriors star Stephen Curry is now 0 for 9 in the playoffs on shots to take the lead in the last 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Nine: Nick Nurse became the ninth rookie head coach to win an NBA title. He is the first since Cleveland's Tyronn Lue in 2016-17.

34: Danny Green is the 34th North Carolina Tar Heel to win an NBA title. That is more than any other college program. He is the ninth former UNC player to win multiple rings.

The Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship for the first time in their history after defeating the Golden State Warriors 114-110.

Toronto made history at Oracle Arena, where the Raptors sealed a 4-2 series victory over the two-time reigning champions in the NBA Finals on Thursday.

With less than 10 seconds remaining, the Warriors trailed 111-110 and had one chance to take the lead. But after a missed shot and a loose ball, Draymond Green picked up the ball and tried to call timeout.

The problem is the Warriors did not have a timeout, which gave the Raptors a free throw and possession in the Bay Area.

Kawhi Leonard made the free throw and the game was over. He also made two more free throws after the technical foul to extend the lead a touch more as the Raptors made history.

Fred VanVleet scored 22 points off the bench and made big shot after big shot down the stretch to lead the Raptors to an unforgettable win on the road.

But as inspiring as VanVleet's performance was and the crazy end to the game, the undeniable story on the night was what happened to Klay Thompson.

The Warriors' five-time All-Star – who scored 30 points – suffered a knee injury in the third quarter that saw him leave the arena on crutches.

It was a heartbreaking moment for a team that have had to deal with injury after injury in the playoffs. Kevin Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the Finals, Kevon Looney fractured his collarbone and DeMarcus Cousins tore his quad during the playoffs.

Thompson had also already dealt with a hamstring injury in the Finals as Golden State's three-peat hopes were ended.

The Toronto Raptors claimed their first title after sealing a 4-2 series victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers revealed Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson offered their support to the star forward.

Durant's injury overshadowed Golden State's 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.

Returning from a calf injury that forced him to miss nine games, Durant had to be helped off the court in the second quarter at Scotiabank Arena.

Durant – wearing a moonboot – left the arena on crutches before Myers provided an update on the two-time NBA Finals MVP.

"It's an Achilles injury. I don't know the extent of it," Myers said in tears while making a statement. "He'll have an MRI tomorrow [Tuesday]. Prior to coming back he went through four weeks with our medical team and it was thorough.

"I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand this world. If you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. ...Let me tell you something about Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant loves to play basketball. And the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong."

Durant's Game 5 appearance was his first in 32 days, as he had not played since suffering what was reported to be a calf injury against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semi-finals.

He entered the Finals averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game and scored 11 points in 12 minutes in Game 5 before his injury forced him to head to the locker room.

Warriors team-mates Curry and Thompson both shared their sentiments on the incident after helping Golden State reduce Toronto's series lead to 3-2.

"He's going to come back stronger. I know he is," Thompson said. "He's got so much more good basketball in him."

"I just feel so bad for him to be honest. Nobody should have to go through something like that. Especially with this stage that we have," Curry added.

Durant is expected to decline his player option ahead of free agency, with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets among the reported teams interested.

Although his season is likely over, the Warriors will try to persevere through Durant's jarring injury to come out on top in Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday.

Golden State Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Meyers revealed Kevin Durant suffered an Achilles injury as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson offered their support to the star forward.

Durant's injury overshadowed Golden State's 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.

Returning from a calf injury that forced him to miss nine games, Durant had to be helped off the court in the second quarter at Scotiabank Arena.

Durant – wearing a moonboot – left the arena on crutches before Meyers provided an update on the two-time NBA Finals MVP.

"It's an Achilles injury. I don't know the extent of it," Meyers said in tears while making a statement. "He'll have an MRI tomorrow [Tuesday]. Prior to coming back he went through four weeks with our medical team and it was thorough.

"I don't believe there's anybody to blame, but I understand this world. If you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department. ...Let me tell you something about Kevin Durant. Kevin Durant loves to play basketball. And the people that questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong."

Durant's Game 5 appearance was his first in 32 days, as he had not played since suffering what was reported to be a calf injury against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semi-finals.

He entered the Finals averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game and scored 11 points in 12 minutes in Game 5 before his injury forced him to head to the locker room.

Warriors team-mates Curry and Thompson both shared their sentiments on the incident after helping Golden State reduce Toronto's series lead to 3-2.

"He's going to come back stronger. I know he is," Thompson said. "He's got so much more good basketball in him."

"I just feel so bad for him to be honest. Nobody should have to go through something like that. Especially with this stage that we have," Curry added.

Durant is expected to decline his player option ahead of free agency, with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets among the reported teams interested.

Although his season is likely over, the Warriors will try to persevere through Durant's jarring injury to come out on top in Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday.

The Golden State Warriors stayed alive in the NBA Finals after edging the Toronto Raptors 106-105 in Game 5.

Despite losing Kevin Durant to injury in the second quarter, the Warriors stopped the Raptors from claiming their first championship on Monday.

Kyle Lowry was one shot away from sealing a 4-1 series victory and a maiden title for the Raptors, however, he failed to sink a last-gasp three-pointer.

Instead, the Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Thursday only trailing 3-2 in their bid for a three-peat.

The top storyline entering the night was the comeback of Durant, who returned from a calf strain for his first appearance in 32 days.

Durant started off hot, scoring 11 points in his first 12 minutes on three-of-five shooting. But he appeared to re-aggravate his injury early in the second quarter.

He was assisted off the court and did not return in the contest – leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches.

Kawhi Leonard ended up stealing the show, finishing with 26 points and 12 rebounds. His personal 10-0 run in the fourth quarter was crucial for the Raptors down the stretch.

Five other Raptors were double-digit scorers, but it was not enough to stop the two-time defending champions.

Stephen Curry led all scorers with 31 points on five successful three-pointers.

He was trailed by Klay Thompson's 26 points and seven three-pointers, while Draymond Green flirted with a triple-double once again.

The Toronto Raptors have a maiden NBA championship in sight after winning Game 4 on Friday.

Toronto topped the Golden State Warriors 105-92 in what might be the last game Golden State ever play at Oracle Arena to claim a 3-1 series lead.

The Raptors have a chance to close the series out at home and knock off the two-time defending champions on Monday.

Here are three takeaways from Toronto's victory.

 

Shooting was horrendous

Neither side shot the ball well from behind the arc in Game 4.

Both teams combined to make four of their 30 three-point attempts in the first half and finished making just 30.5 per cent. Some hot shooters got uncharacteristically cold along the way.

Stephen Curry was two for nine from range while Danny Green, who made six three-pointers last game, converted just one of his seven long heaves.

When it came down to it, the outcome had to be decided in the trenches.

 

Leonard ascended to another level

Kawhi Leonard has shown he has what it takes to carry a franchise throughout the postseason and had his most impressive championship showing, tallying 36 points and 12 rebounds on Friday.

The Raptors superstar scored 17 points in the third quarter alone and demanded double teams down the stretch as his team pulled away.

Leonard has posted more than 30 points in three straight games, and his best could still be ahead of him.

 

Warriors don't have as much firepower as you think

Players not named Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson combined to score 37 of the Warriors' 92 points.

Golden State utilised 10 players in their rotation, but did not get valuable contributions from their most important role players.

Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins combined for nine points on four-of-12 shooting. Kevon Looney was a pleasant surprise and scored 10 points despite suffering a fracture near his collarbone two games ago, but his efforts were not enough.

Thompson was expected to push the Warriors back over the top when he returned from his hamstring injury, but offense seems to be in short supply now for the former offensive juggernaut.

The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of winning their first NBA titles after upstaging two-time reigning champions the Golden State Warriors 105-92 in Game 4.

Kawhi Leonard led the way as the Raptors took a 3-1 series lead on Friday, with Toronto only one victory away from a maiden championship.

Raptors star Leonard posted 36 points and 12 rebounds to leave Golden State's three-peat quest on the brink of ending.

Leonard – the 2014 Finals MVP – shot five for eight in the first quarter while the rest of his team were one for 13.

He finished the half with 13 points and the Raptors were in striking distance, just four points back of the Warriors.

Then Leonard really turned it on. He dropped 17 third-quarter points as part of a 37-21 frame for Toronto, which gave the Raptors a lead that was simply insurmountable for the Warriors.

It was Leonard's 14th 30-point game of the 2019 playoffs. He has scored more than 20 points in all but two of the Raptors' postseason games.

Klay Thompson's 28 points and Stephen Curry's 27 were not enough to lift the Warriors, who were again playing without injured star Kevin Durant.

Now the Warriors will try as hard as they can to come back from 3-1 in the series, something they have not had to even try to do since the 2014-15 Western Conference Finals.

Golden State won that series in seven games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and went on to lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games in the 2016 NBA Finals.

 

DeMarcus Cousins endured a poor night as the Golden State Warriors lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but Stephen Curry offered encouragement to his ailing team-mate.

Cousins, who has seen his first season in Oakland dogged by injury, played a key role in Game 2 as the Warriors stole a win on the road.

But with Golden State ravaged by injuries back at Oracle Arena, Cousins failed to produce a repeat performance, playing just 19 minutes in which time he made just four points, three rebounds and two assists.

It was put to star man Curry that Cousins had regressed on Wednesday, yet the Warriors point guard was keen to keep his team-mate's confidence high.

"There's nothing different he should do, just continue to play with confidence," Curry told reporters of the center after his side fell to a 123-109 loss.

"It was a rough go in terms of when he had the ball in his hands. There were some calls that were a little iffy, honestly, in terms of him being aggressive in the paint and not being able to finish for a lot of different reasons.

"Defensively, it's all five guys being on a string, and that's something we pride ourselves on – one guy, two guys aren't going to do the job by themselves and we can help cover each other.

"So like any great player, if you have a rough game, that resiliency to bounce back and the confidence to know that you can still go out there and impact the game, that's something that he'll bring and we all will follow suit for sure."

The Warriors have scored 109 points in each game of the Finals so far and Curry believes it is their defense that needs work.

"We were a little rushed early, but we were just trying to create good offense," he said. "I think this is the third game in a row we scored 109.

"It's just a matter of our defense and we can't fall into the trap of thinking offense alone is going to win us another championship or letting that end of the floor affect our defense.

"That will be the biggest adjustment for us Game 4 all across the board."

The Golden State Warriors are going to have to come back in a playoff series for the first time in a while after falling to the Toronto Raptors.

Toronto took control in the third quarter against a depleted Warriors team and came away with a 123-109 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Wednesday. They now lead the series 2-1.

Golden State were playing without Klay Thompson, who missed the game with a strained hamstring. Kevin Durant has also been out since straining his calf in the Warriors' second-round series while an injured Kevon Looney will be sidelined for the rest of the Finals after suffering an injury in Game 2 against Toronto.

Here are three takeaways from the Raptors' win.

 

Raptors' starters deliver

The Raptors received significant contributions from all of their starters on Wednesday.

Star Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead his team to the win while Kyle Lowry bounced back with 23 points.

Danny Green (18 points) gave Toronto a big boost by hitting six of his 10 three-point attempts and Pascal Siakam chipped in 18 points. Marc Gasol also added 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Warriors could not key on one player defensively, which made the Raptors hard to beat. Toronto will look to replicate their success in Game 4.

 

Stephen Curry was phenomenal

Stephen Curry was absolutely fantastic for Golden State.

Curry almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game for much of the night. Despite being the focus of the Raptors' defense, Curry found a way to create opportunities for himself off the dribble and by using screens.

Curry finished with 47 points on 14-of-31 shooting and added eight rebounds, along with seven assists. He also knocked down six of his 14 three-point attempts.

But, the Warriors did not receive much scoring outside of their lone healthy star.

 

Warriors were a one-man show offensively

No other Golden State player really stepped up to help Curry offensively.

Draymond Green had a solid game as he recorded 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. However, he turned the ball over four times and had a quiet first half. Andre Iguodala scored 11 points but disappeared for long stretches offensively.

DeMarcus Cousins, who was instrumental in the Warriors' Game 2 win, was one-of-seven shooting and a minus-12 for the matchup.

The Warriors will hope their other stars return soon.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry accused the Toronto Raptors of disrespecting Andre Iguodala late in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Iguodala made a crucial three-pointer with seven seconds remaining to seal the Warriors' 109-104 win as they levelled the series at 1-1 on Sunday.

Curry felt the Raptors' lax approach to Iguodala – a three-time NBA champion and the 2015 Finals MVP – was disrespectful.

"The whole fourth quarter they were playing some janky defense just trying to send bodies to me everywhere and our whole roster just took advantage of it," he told ESPN.

"Over the course of the game, that's kind of disrespectful to leave Andre Iguodala open like that with the game on the line.

"He's made big shots like that before and he got it done tonight."

Curry (23 points) and Klay Thompson (25) led the Warriors, although the latter suffered a hamstring injury late in the contest.

Kevon Looney (chest) was also hurt and DeMarcus Cousins stepped up for the Warriors with 11 points and 10 rebounds in almost 28 minutes.

"He [Cousins] just did what he does. He played aggressive, he played smart, he got other people involved with passing out of the post, made a couple of big shots and just gave us energy," Curry said.

"We had two guys that were down, he stepped up big time, he's appreciative of the moment, he's playing in his first Finals and this is the big time for him."

Draymond Green shrugged off his heated exchange with rapper Drake after the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, denying it was a "scuffle".

Green exchanged words with the Canadian hip-hop star and Raptors fan after the Warriors' 118-109 defeat at the Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.

The Warriors star dismissed the importance the confrontation with Drake, who has already been at the centre of controversy during the playoffs for wandering on the sidelines and giving Raptors coach Nick Nurse an in-game shoulder massage.

"It wasn't really a scuffle because I didn't hit him and he didn't hit me, and I didn't push him and he didn't push me," Green told a news conference.

"We talked. We barked a little bit, but I wouldn't necessarily consider that a scuffle, not really what I personally would consider a scuffle."

Drake alluded to the incident in an Instagram post, which included a video of him appearing to interfere with the hair of Green's team-mate Stephen Curry.

"Steph Curry hair lint for sale on my eBay right now!!! username: DraymondShouldntWear23," he wrote.

While Green had a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Pascal Siakam led the Raptors to victory.

The 25-year-old forward finished with a team-high 32 points, earning praise from Green.

"I think he played an amazing game, obviously, but he got out in transition and our transition D [defense] was horrible, and I let him get in a rhythm in the first half, first quarter really," Green said.

"So, I've got to do a better job of taking his rhythm away, and I will, but he had a great game. But that's on me."

The Warriors will look to level the series in Game 2 in Toronto on Sunday.

If any team can cope with the loss of two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant, it is the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

The back-to-back defending champions begin their series against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday and Steve Kerr's team will be missing Durant, who remains out with the calf injury that has sidelined him since Game 5 of the conference semi-finals.

Golden State seemed to cope just fine without both Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in the Western Conference Finals, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all stepping up as they swept the Portland Trail Blazers.

Here, with the help of Opta, we take a look at the Warriors key players' numbers with and without Durant, who has missed nine games combined in the regular season and playoffs.

Stephen Curry

With Durant: 27.1 points (per 100 possessions), 7.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists

Without Durant: 46.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists

The biggest beneficiary of Durant's absence has undoubtedly been Curry, who has averaged an astonishing 46.5 points per 100 possessions when the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward has been off the floor.

Curry has long been the face of the Warriors' franchise and averaged 30.1 points in the final regular season before Durant arrived, so it is no surprise to see him putting up huge numbers once more.

The 31-year-old averaged 24.0 field-goal attempts per game against Portland, a huge increase from the 14.7 he averaged against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, when a fully-fit Durant was on fire.

With Durant out, almost two thirds of Curry's field-goal attempts (62.7 per cent) have been three-pointers, compared to just over half (53.8 per cent) when the former Texas Longhorn has played.

Klay Thompson

With Durant: 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists

Without Durant: 27.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists

The other half of the 'Splash Brothers' has also had a bump in his offensive production when Durant has been missing.

Almost all of Thompson's field goals (88.5 per cent) this season came via an assist when Durant was playing, but that percentage has dropped to 70.2 without him. With one less superstar to feed, Thompson has clearly been more willing to take on shots himself.

Like Curry (40.4 per cent), Thompson's three-point percentage has been above 40 (42.1 per cent) in Durant's absence, compared to (36.7 per cent) when he has featured.

Draymond Green

With Durant: 15.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 9.7 assists

Without Durant: 19.0 points, 13.6 rebounds, 11.0 assists

Having recorded back-to-back triple-doubles in the final two games of the Western Conference Finals, Green is clearly a man in form.

He has been far more likely to take shots from deep when Durant has not been on the floor - 28.6 per cent of his field-goal attempts coming from beyond the arc, compared to 17.4 - and he has made 27.3 per cent of those, up from 12.5.

Green is happy to take a backseat if and when Durant and Cousins return, though, saying: "Somebody has to give up something when you have that many guys who are capable of doing what they are doing. I take it upon myself to be the guy to give that up."

Andre Iguodala

With Durant: 17.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists

Without Durant: 13.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists

Even at 35, Iguodala has still been a key contributor for the Warriors and he drained five three-pointers in the crucial Game 6 victory over the Houston Rockets earlier this month.

The 2015 Finals MVP is one of the few players to have better statistics with Durant around, though, averaging more points and rebounds but contributing fewer assists.

Kevon Looney

With Durant: 12.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists

Without Durant: 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists

The surprise success story of this postseason for the Warriors has been center Looney, who averaged 27.3 minutes on court in the Portland series, compared to 18.5 minutes in the regular season.

Looney had a whopping 14 boards in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, and he has made 79.5 per cent of his field-goal attempts in Durant's absence, which is a significant increase from the 60.0 per cent when the Warriors' star has played.

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