The Warriors enter Game 6 of the NBA Finals knowing it will be their final appearance at Oracle Arena before they move to the Chase Center next season. Golden State fans are hoping it won’t be the final time they watch their team play this season.
With Kevin Durant out for the rest of the series and possibly all of next season (ruptured Achilles), the offensive burden will fall on Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who finished Game 5 on a 9-2 run to propel the Warriors to an improbable 106-105 victory. The “Splash Brothers” combined for 57 points in Toronto, but they might need to score 60-plus to give Golden State a chance and avoid elimination.
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The Raptors won’t lack confidence heading into Game 6, as they are 3-0 overall this season inside Oracle Arena, including two wins in this series. Toronto will need a better 3-point performance against the Warriors on Thursday night after shooting just 8-of-32 (25.0 percent) as a team in its Game 5 loss. If a few more of those attempts drop, the Raptors could be celebrating their first NBA championship in franchise history.
Sporting News will provide live scoring updates and highlights from Game 6 between the Raptors and Warriors. Follow along below.
Raptors vs. Warriors: Live updates, highlights from Game 6
(All times Eastern)
9:49 p.m.: Siakam and VanVleet each hit a 3 on back-to-back possessions to put the Raptors up by five. Timeout Golden State.
9:48 p.m.: Good hustle from Cousins. Dives into the stands to save a ball and ends up with a jersey covered in someone’s drink. Makes a layup on the next possession.
9:45 p.m.: Lowry picks up where hit left off and makes two free throws to start the quarter.
End of first quarter: Raptors 33, Warriors 32
9:40 p.m.: Curry hits a pair of free throws in the waning seconds of the quarter. Toronto was 7-of-14 from behind the arc, and Golden State shot 55 percent from the floor. Lowry leads all scorers with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting and has yet to miss a 3.
9:37 p.m.: Lowry still hasn’t cooled down as he hits his fourth 3 of the game. Curry makes his first basket of the night with a 3 of his own.
9:35 p.m.: Draymond Green joins the shooting party with a 3. After trailing by nine, the Warriors have their first lead of the night.
9:33 p.m.: Warriors change up their D to a zone to limit Cousins’ liability on defense. Cousins then convert an and-1. It’s a one-point game.
9:29 p.m.: DeMarcus Cousins make his first shot of the night, and Toronto calls a timeout, up four with 3:17 left.
9:26 p.m.: Thompson and Fred VanVleet trade 3s. Both teams are absolutely feeling it tonight.
9:23 p.m.: Thompson makes the first Golden State 3 of the night with 6:00 left in the first. Steph Curry is yet to record a shot.
9:22 p.m.: Kawhi Leonard intercepts a Draymond Green pass that leads to a Siakam alley-oop from Lowry.
9:18 p.m.: Pascal Siakam hits the Raptors’ fifth 3 before Klay Thompson makes a layup on the other end. Both teams are off to hot shooting starts of over 54 percent from the floor. Toronto leads 17-12.
9:14 p.m.: Lowry is feeling it tonight. He hits his third three of the night and is a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor to start.
9:13 p.m.: Lowry follows with two quick 3s. Lowry is 3-for-3 and Toronto leads 8-0.
9:12 p.m.: Kyle Lowey opens up Game 6 with a layup and a 2-0 Toronto lead.
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