The Golden State Warriors’ dynasty is on the brink after Toronto stunned the league to win Game 4 and take a 3-1 series lead.
In the ultimate insult, Toronto did the Warriors on their Oracle Arena home court in what could now be the last game ever played at the stadium.
The Warriors are moving to a new $2 billion stadium in the Bay Area next season and were expected to at least send the NBA Finals to a Game 6 back in California.
However, the Raptors’ back-to-back victories on the Warriors home court could now be the sad way in which the Warriors’ iconic venue is farewelled.
The Raptors did it easy in the end, winning 105-92 in a game where the Warriors simply could not find any answers.
It was a Kawhi Leonard third quarter explosion that proved impossible for the Warriors to match.
The Raptors forward landed 17 points in the third quarter. When he put the foot down, the Warriors simply couldn’t find a way to go with him.
Leonard finished with 36 points at 12 rebounds to lead all scorers.
His heroics have Toronto on the brink of its first ever NBA championship — only needing to win one of the three remaining games, including two games back in Canada.
ESPN Commentator Mike Breen described the Raptors’ win as the “biggest win in franchise history”.
Klay Thompson was the Warriors’ best with 28 points, while Steph Curry struggled, shooting nine of 22 from the field, but still managed 27 points.
It comes as Warriors coach Steve Kerr refused to provide any further details about the mystery surrounding superstar Kevin Durant’s calf injury.
Durant has not played since he suffered the injury in the Warriors’ series win over Houston.
The two-time reigning finals MVP is missing his ninth straight game since straining his right calf in Game 5 against the Rockets.
Kerr said before Game 4 that the Warriors are “hoping he can play Game 5 or 6. And everything in between I’ve decided I’m not sharing because it’s just gone haywire.
“There’s so much going on … it doesn’t make sense to continue to talk about it. He’s either going to play or he’s not. So tonight he’s not playing.”
NBA great Jalen Rose told ESPN in the pre-game build-up that he has heard Durant could miss the entire series in a doomsday scenario that could deliver Toronto its first championship.
Rose said Durant’s three-on-three work out after Game 3 left Warriors officials concerned Durant will not play again this season.
“I’m going to tell you guys it did not go well at any level,” Rose said.
“It did not go well at any level. I’m just going to keep it at that. I’ve been from being a guy thinking he was going to come back later in the series to thinking that he might not be coming back at all.”
Durant is also reportedly considering leaving the Warriors at the end of the season as the hottest free agent this off-season.