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Golden State Warriors edge Toronto Raptors to keep NBA title hopes alive

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The Toronto Raptors came agonisingly close to securing their maiden NBA title, losing 106-105 to the Golden State Warriors.

The visiting Warriors led almost all game, until Kawhi Leonard stamped his authority during the fourth quarter with 10 straight points from his total of 26.

But Steph Curry and Klay Thompson fought back with a trio of three-pointers to wrestle the momentum. The pair finished with 31 and 26 points respectively.

Kyle Lowry then went from hero to villain in moments, taking the Raptors within one point with a driving layup with 30 seconds on the clock before badly missing a jumper that would have ensured the win.

Earlier, the Warriors’ Kevin Durant left the court after falling at the start of the second quarter clutching his right calf, where an injury previously resulted in the 30-year-old being sidelined for over a month.

Golden State later confirmed that Durant would not be returning to the game and would require an MRI for a right lower leg injury.

The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Golden State host game six on Thursday.

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Star man: Kawhi Leonard

The Toronto Raptors are just one win away from clinching their first NBA title in franchise history after beating the Golden State Warriors 105-92.

Kawhi Leonard hit 36 points to help the Raptors extend their lead to 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Serge Ibaka also impressed, scoring 20 points in 22 minutes as the side clawed their way back after falling behind by as much as 11 points in the first half.

A decisive third quarter saw Toronto outscore the Warriors 37-21, including 17 points from Leonard alone.

Two jumpers from the 27-year-old in the final seconds of the quarter gave the Raptors a 12-point lead heading into the final 12 minutes, and the side remained ahead for the rest of the game.

Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 28 points, including six three-pointers, while Stephen Curry added 27 points.

The fifth game of the series is set to take place in Toronto on Monday.

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Kawhi Leonard hit 30 points as the Toronto Raptors took a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors with a 123-109 win.

Leonard top-scored for the visitors at the Oracle Arena and was one of six to make double figures, with key contributions from Kyle Lowry (23) and Pascal Siakam (18).

The Warriors only led for less than 20 seconds throughout the whole game, with the Raptors amassing a 36-29 lead in the first quarter and pushing on for the win.

Stephen Curry scored 47 points for the Warriors, with only Draymond Green (17) and Andre Iguodala (11) reaching double figures for Golden State.

The fourth game of the best-of-seven series takes place in California on Friday.

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