By Brian Martin
After losing Game 1 of the Finals for the first time in their incredible five-year run, the Warriors bounced back to win Game 2, 109-104, and even the series as it shifts to Oakland for the next two games.
Let’s take a closer look at Golden State’s Game 2 win with a deep dive into the box score.
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- The Warriors trailed 59-54 at the half, but outscored the Raptors 18-0 in the first five-and-a-half minutes of the third quarter to take their biggest lead of the game (13 points).
- When combined with the final two points they scored to close the first half (Stephen Curry free throws with four seconds left), the Warriors scored 20 unanswered points – the largest run in an NBA Finals game since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
- The Warriors have trailed by at least 12 points in each of their last five games, dating back to Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Golden State is 4-1 in those games.
- Andre Iguodala clinched the win for the Warriors with a dagger 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left. It was Golden State’s only points in the final 5:39 of the game. Entering Game 2, Iguodala had shot 0-11 from beyond the arc in his previous four games. He finished 2-4 from 3-point range in Game 2, making his first 3-pointers since going 5-8 in the series-clinching Game 6 win over Houston on May 10.
- Kawhi Leonard set an NBA Finals record for the most free throws without a miss as he went 16-16 from the line, topping the record held by Terry Porter (15-15) in the 1990 NBA Finals.
- Kawhi Leonard posted game highs of 34 points and 14 rebounds in Game 2. It was his third game this postseason with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds; the Raptors had won the previous two times Leonard put together such a performance, with both coming against Philadelphia in the East Semifinals.
- DeMarcus Cousins returned to the starting lineup and finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 28 minutes. Cousins entered Game 2 having played just 33 total minutes this postseason, including eight in Game 1 of the Finals I his first game back from a quad injury that sidelined him for six weeks. It had been nearly two months since Cousins played this many minutes; he logged 35 in the second-to-last regular season game of the year on April 9.
- By winning in Toronto, the Warriors have now won a road game in 23 straight playoff series, extending their own NBA Playoff record.
- Draymond Green finished one assist shy of his fourth straight triple-double as he finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a block in 41 minutes during Game 2. Green, Cousins and Curry all finished with a team-high plus-12 point differential while on the court. Toronto’s Normal Powell was a plus-13 in 21 minutes off the Raptors bench.
- Kyle Lowry fouled out of the game with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. He finished with 13 points, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 28 minutes, with the Raptors outscored by 17 points while he was on court.
- Game 1 hero Pascal Siakam was held to 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Game 2. After posting one of the most efficient scoring games in Finals history (32 points on 14-17 FG) in Game 1, he shot 5-18 from the field and 0-3 from beyond the arc on Sunday.
- After combining for 52 points on 20-27 shooting (including 4-7 from three) in Game 1, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol combined for just 18 points on 7-25 FG (0-5 3P) in Game 2.
Most free throws made, none missed, game (entering Game 2)
15: Terry Porter, Portland at Detroit, June 7, 1990 (OT)
14: Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia, May 16, 1980
14: Stephen Curry, Golden State vs. Cleveland, June 4, 2017
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- The Raptors outscored the Warriors 23-0 in second chance points, with Kyle Lowry (six points) and Danny Green (five points) leading the way. Toronto finished Game 2 with a 15-6 edge in offensive rebounds. The Raptors had more offensive rebounds chances as they missed 15 more shots than the Warriors (59-44).
- This was the first game this season (regular season and playoffs) that the Warriors failed to score any second chance points. Their previous low was two points during the regular season and 10 points (twice) in the playoffs, with all three games coming against the LA Clippers.
- Toronto won the points in the paint battle by eight points for the second straight game. After finishing with a 40-32 edge in Game 1, the Raptors led 44-36 in Game 2 with Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each scoring 10 paint points. However, Draymond Green led all players with 12 points in the paint in Game 2 after having just two in Game 1.
- Raptors finished Game 2 with 18 fast break points after scoring 24 points in transition in their Game 1 win. During the regular season, the Raptors went 36-5 (.878) when scoring at least 18 fast break points. In the playoffs, that success rate has dropped to 4-4 (.500).
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- Kawhi Leonard scored 47.1% of his points from the free throw line in Game 2, while 35.3% came on 2-pointers and 17.6% came on 3-pointers.
- Leonard shot 2-9 from 3-point range, with both of his makes being unassisted. He was the only Raptor to make an unassisted 3-point shot in Game 2.
- Andre Iguodala took an even number of 2-point and 3-pooint shots, with four apiece, but his two 3-pointers made up 75% of his points.
- Stephen Curry (33.3%), Draymond Green (16.7%) and Klay Thompson (10%) were the only Warriors to make an unassisted basket in Game 2.
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- Kyle Lowry drew another charge in Game 2 to increase his playoff total to a league-best 16, more than twice as many as the second-leading player – Damian Lillard with seven.
- The Warriors were effective using Stephen Curry as a screen as he finished with four screen assists that led to eight Warriors points – the top marks for any player in Game 2.
- Fred VanVleet had eight deflections in Game 2, half of Toronto’s total. Despite a 16-11 edge in deflections, the Raptors had just one more steal than the Warriors on Sunday.