Toronto Raptors Win Game 1 Of 2019 NBA Finals
Both teams went back and fourth in the first quarter. Toronto showed consistency throughout this game. They maintained a lead from 3:37 left in the first quarter to 5:37 left in the second quarter.
Toronto regained the lead with 4:33 left in the second quarter to make it 42-41 once Golden State took a 41-40 lead. From this point Toronto never looked back and won 118-109 leading for the final 28 minutes and 33 seconds.
Toronto led this game for at least 40 minutes over Golden State. There were rumors about DeMarcus Cousins starting, but he wasn't in the starting lineup. Neither was Kevin Durant.
Power forward Pascal Siakam stepped up for Toronto. He had 32 points going 14-17 with field goals. Siakam also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Small forward Kawhi Leonard had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Starting center Marc Gasol had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Starting shooting guard Danny Green had 11 points.
The only starter who scored under 10 points was point guard Kyle Lowry who led Toronto with 9 of their team assists despite only scoring 7 points. That's why scoring isn't everything. Freddy VanVleet outscored Lowry as a sixth man with 15 points.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green were the only starters on Golden State with 10 or more points. Neither Andre Iguodala the 2015 NBA Finals MVP filling in for Kevin Durant at small forward or Jordan Bell could score 10 points. DeMarcus Cousins only had 3 points off the bench in his return.
Golden State will head to Toronto for game 2 on Sunday. If Cousins starts, I think Golden State evens the series at 1-1. Otherwise, Toronto could be ahead 2-0 heading back to the states after both teams leave Canada to go back to America where Toronto will head to California to take on the Golden State Warriors.
Brian Bayless Posted on 5/31/2019.