The Toronto Raptors took control of Game 3 of the NBA Finals with a crucial win in Oakland on Wednesday night.
Toronto’s 123-109 win was a crucial victory that could end up defining both the series and their season.
The Warriors, who were without three important players in Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Kevan Looney, were simply left behind by the Eastern Conference Champions all night. The crowd at Oracle Arena could hardly believe that the Raptors were having their way with the two-time defending NBA Champs.
Not even Warriors point guard Steph Curry, who did his best to pull his team towards a win with a 47-point performance, could overcome the Raptors’ team attack.
All of Toronto’s starters finished with at least 17 points in the game, creating a combined offensive attack that the short-handed Warriors simply couldn’t slow down.
Kawhi Leonard, unsurprisingly, led Toronto with 30 points. He also chipped in 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Point guard Kyle Lowry also came up big for the beasts in the East, combining 29 points with 9 assists.
The Raptors’ road win gives them a definite advantage going into the rest of the series. They will have four opportunities to win two games in order to claim the first NBA title in franchise history.
Game 4 will be held at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Friday night.