Warriors’ 20-0 run in Game 2 is the longest in a finals game since NBA-ABA merger
The Golden State Warriors stayed true to themselves, injuries and all, by pulling off a morale-boosting victory in Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Golden State has built a reputation as a lethal third-quarter team, pouncing on opponents straight out of the locker room and that same killer instinct was evident in front of thousands at Scotiabank Arena.
After a timid first 24 minutes where they found themselves down by five points, no thanks to a rough stretch from Stephen Curry, the Warriors went off to start the third quarter to the tune of 18 straight points. The run silenced the entire arena as fans saw the Raptors’ five-point cushion become a 13-point deficit.
Curry’s final two free throws to end the second quarter actually started the Warriors’ barrage, putting them above everyone else in NBA history with a run like no other.
The Warriors turned the game with a 20-0 run, the longest by any team in a Finals game since the NBA/ABA merger (1976-77) (h/t @EliasSports)
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 3, 2019
Klay Thompson took charge by scoring seven points and dishing out three assists throughout the defending champions’ 20-0 sprint. However, Thompson left the game in the fourth quarter after injuring his hamstring.
Golden State never relinquished the lead from that moment on, but they weren’t without a serious scare in the dying seconds of the game. Toronto managed to claw their way back behind Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet’s efforts, chopping the lead to two points until Andre Iguodala sank a dagger 3-pointer with seven seconds left.
Things don’t look bright for Toronto heading into Game 3, though. Not only do they have to contend with a raucous Oracle Arena crowd, but two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant is also expected to return to action when the series shifts to the Bay Area.
To worsen things for the team north of the border, Thompson, along with DeMarcus Cousins and Iguodala, two players who are already dealing with injuries of their own, are all likely to suit up in Game 3.