It looked like the Golden State Warriors might not have any fight left in them after going down 3-1 in the NBA Finals after two consecutive home losses.
With the series switching settings to the raucous Scotiabank Arena in Game 5, many thought that the Warriors would shockingly be easily defeated in the Finals.
Those people were proven wrong after the Warriors eked out a gritty 106-105 win in Toronto on Monday night.
The game was full of drama. Kevin Durant returned to the Warriors’ starting lineup after missing over a month with an Achilles injury.
While he started off hot, scoring 11 points in the game’s first 15 minutes, he collapsed just after the start of the second quarter after re-aggravating the injury. He didn’t return.
Golden State kept fighting without him, however. They fought back from a 6-point deficit with under 4 minutes to go on will and sheer determination alone.
The Raptors’ Kyle Lowry missed a last-second shot which wouldn’t won the title for Toronto.
Steph Curry was the Dubs’ star of the night, notching 31 points in a vintage performance. His Splash Brother partner Klay Thompson also came up big with 26 points and 6 rebounds.
The series now moves back to the Bay Area on Thursday night, where Golden State will try to force a winner-take-all Game 7.