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A script-defying N.B.A. finals continued Monday night when the Golden State Warriors welcomed Kevin Durant back from a monthlong absence, watched in horror as he reinjured himself after a storybook start — and then still managed to keep this championship series going.
Durant lasted only 12 minutes in his comeback before suffering what later would be revealed as an Achilles’ injury, but the Warriors pulled themselves together after his emotional departure and dug out a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors to fend off elimination in Game 5. The Golden State win narrowed Toronto’s series lead to three games to two and prevented the Raptors, in front of an expectant sellout crowd, from clinching the first championship in the franchise’s 24-year history.
Yet the Warriors, given the severity of Durant’s injury, could scarcely celebrate. A magnetic resonance imaging exam is scheduled for Tuesday, but fears of a full rupture had Bob Myers, Golden State’s president of basketball operations, fighting back tears as he updated Durant’s status at the postgame news conference.
“I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand in this world, and if you have to, you can blame me,” Myers said. Durant had been sidelined since straining his right calf May 8 in Golden State’s second-round series with the Houston Rockets.
Said Warriors Coach Steve Kerr: “I just told the team I don’t know what to say, because on the one hand I’m so proud of them, just the amazing heart and grit that they showed, and on the other hand I’m just devastated for Kevin. So it’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now — an incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.”
Kawhi Leonard scored 10 of his 26 points in a stunning fourth-quarter flurry that erased the last of Golden State’s 14-point lead and appeared to put the Raptors on the verge of the title. But two late 3-pointers from Klay Thompson sandwiched around another from Stephen Curry erased Toronto’s 103-97 edge. Combined with a crucial defensive stop on Toronto’s final possession — when Draymond Green blocked Kyle Lowry’s corner 3-point attempt — Golden State’s backcourt duo enabled the visitors to escape with an improbable victory.
The Warriors survived by making 20 3-pointers as a team — the second most in an N.B.A. finals game, behind the 24 that the Cleveland Cavaliers sank against Golden State in Game 4 two years ago. Curry had a game-high 31 points, Thompson added 26, and Green (10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists) flirted with a triple-double. In addition, DeMarcus Cousins — who didn’t play Monday until Durant went down — helped fill the void with a much-needed 14 points and six rebounds.
Yet there was grave concern about Durant’s injury from the moment it happened. He left the arena on crutches in the third quarter with his right foot in a walking boot — a stunning scene given that Durant is expected to hit the marketplace in three weeks as one of the most coveted free agents in league history.