Draymond Green says Game 5 win is one of the best in Warriors history
The Golden State Warriors staved off elimination and the effective end of their dynasty by beating the Toronto Raptors 106-105 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday night. If that context isn’t enough to convey just how significant and difficult to come by their victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals really was, consider that Kevin Durant’s return to the court after a month spent rehabbing a calf injury lasted just 12 minutes, ending to potentially devastating effect with what the Warriors are calling an Achilles injury.
As such, it should as no surprise that Draymond Green, Golden State’s emotional leader, believes his team’s nail-biting win over the Raptors is “at the top” of any others throughout this ongoing half-decade run of dominance.
“It is at the top,” he said, per The Undefeated’s Marc Spears. “Our backs were against the wall. Your back’s against the wall, you’re down 3-1 and controlled the entire game, and then all of the sudden Kawhi [Leonard] gets loose.
“They go up six with a couple minutes left and we could fold. But we didn’t. It’s up there.”
Durant’s injury has made it easy to forget the Warriors seemed doomed when Leonard went off for 10 straight points late in the fourth quarter, suddenly giving his team a 103-97 lead with 3:05 remaining. The aggravation of Kevon Looney’s shoulder injury, which caused him to miss the entire fourth quarter, is another hurdle Golden State managed to overcome en route to victory.
The Warriors, their fans, and basketball followers across the globe should remember this victory forever. Of course, that will be easier said than done unless Golden State manages to beat the Raptors two more times.