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NBA Finals

Warriors narrowly beat Toronto Raptors, lose Kevin Durant again, force Game 6 in NBA Finals

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the Golden State Warriors to a 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, narrowly preventing the Raptors from winning their first NBA championship in Toronto. The series, which Toronto now leads 3-2, returns to Oakland for Game 6 on Thursday. Warriors star Kevin Durant returned to play after sitting out the series with an injured calf, and he scored 11 points before leaving the game, and almost certainly the series, with another leg injury nearly 10 minutes into the second quarter. Curry scored 31 points in the game and Thompson 26, and their 3-pointers in the final minutes gave the Warriors their final lead. Raptors standout Kawhi Leonard ended the game with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Durant's exit cast a pall over the Warriors' victory. "I have a lot of emotions right now," Curry said after the game, wiping away tears. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said he told the team "I didn'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 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."