Pascal Siakam Leads Raptors to Game 1 NBA Finals Win over Steph Curry, Warriors
The Toronto Raptors wasted no time announcing their presence at their first NBA Finals in franchise history.
Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-109 in Thursday’s Game 1 at Scotiabank Arena, handing the two-time defending champions just their second loss in an NBA Finals game since 2016.
Pascal Siakam led the way with 32 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks while hitting a head-turning 14-of-17 shots from the field. Kawhi Leonard added 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Marc Gasol (20 points and seven boards) and Fred VanVleet (15 points) contributed to a balanced attack.
Stephen Curry (34 points) and Klay Thompson (21 points) did what they could for the Warriors, but they were the only visitors to score more than 10 points in defeat.
This series was billed as Leonard against the Warriors.
After all, he is the transcendent star they traded for who drilled the winning shot in Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers and out-dueled potential MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. He was also primed to challenge Golden State in the 2017 Western Conference Finals as a member of the San Antonio Spurs before he suffered an injury in Game 1…….read more
Source: Bleacher Report