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N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Tie Series with Raptors

N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Tie Series with Raptors
TORONTO - The Golden State Warriors drastically changed their starting lineup for Game 2 on Sunday night at N.B.A. In the end, they failed 24 of their first 33 shots, injured an early double-digit deficit and lost two other key contributors.

The Warriors also managed to overcome everything they were always doing: they won a road game in the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive series.

Baffled for a game and a half by the physical defense of the Toronto Raptors, Golden State rebounded greatly by stifling the Raptors to score the second half of the first 18 points and the 109-104 victory at the time was seized at the finals a game

The Warriors kept the Raptors scoreless for almost six minutes to start the third quarter, briefly silencing the Toronto Rabid who remain at the Scotiabank Arena. The series resumes Wednesday night at Golden State's Oracle State, where superstar forward Kevin Durant is expected to return in Game 3 on Wednesday or Game 4 on Friday night.

After seeing veteran Andrei Iguodala seal the victory with a triple left, with 1.8 seconds left, Stephen Curry of Golden State told ABC's Doris Burke: "All the fourth quarter, they only have the body to send me an implacable defense everywhere "In the course of the game, that is a lack of respect for leaving Andrei Iguodala open like this. He had already done great shots like that before and he did tonight. "

Warrior coach Steve Kerr boldly moved DeMarcus Cousins ​​into the starting lineup Despite the fact that Cousins' 8 minutes were recorded in Game 1, on April 15 at the Los Angeles Clippers against the first round of the Game 2 of Golden State from the former All-Star's The first action was represented. Golden State will lose Kevon Looney (bruise to the chest) and Klay Thompson (pressure on the left thigh) at the end of the night, but not before Thompson scored 25 points.

Cousins, on the other hand, was an undeniable marker in his return to prominence of 27 minutes with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. And the rest of the initial Golden State lineup was delivered when absolutely necessary, allowing the Warriors to avoid their first deficit of the two-game series to none in the title controversy of this five-year career.

Curry scored 23 points despite missing his first six shots. Thompson scored 18 of his points in the first half to keep the Warriors at a surprising distance after they were left behind by 12. And Iguodala

The last triple of Iguodala, after Toronto, did not worry that he was furious, he is destined to receive all the attention. But he also added a 3 at the start of the 18-0 race to exit a 0 for 11 funk from long distance, as he scored five three-pointers in the Game 6 win in Houston to close the second round.

However, it was Draymond Green, above all, who responded to the challenge over Pascal Siakam, outgoing from Toronto. "That's in me," Green said after the huge Game 1 of Siakam.

Back at the level, he settled against Portland in the Western Conference finals. Green scored 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Golden State, to a large extent, made 15 bonus points from the underutilized reserves Quinn Cook (three triples) and Andrew Bogut (6 points in the second half)

Siakam finished with only 12 points in Game 2, scoring 5 for 18 after scoring 32 decisive points and 14 for 17 in the first game of the series. Kyle Lowry missed with 3 minutes and 52 seconds to finish in the last quarter after another performance below the shot (4 for 11 from the field).

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 34 points and 14 rebounds, but Golden State's stubborn response in the second half was finally limited to Toronto with 37.2 percent shooting.

While Thompson's injury is not serious, and when Durant approaches his return, it would appear that the two defending champions have taken control of the series decisively, which saw the game open several times in the first half. Take advantage of two games to none for the second time in 19 of the playoff series in the 24 year history of the franchise.

Kerr, however, returned to the roots of his dynasty to steal the victory.

"It's the defense of the championship and that's what it's going to take," he said.