An all-out effort and then some couldn’t keep the Golden State Warriors from elimination by the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Prior to and throughout Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, it appeared as though the basketball gods were doing everything in their power to prevent the Golden State Warriors from forcing a seventh game. It was a back-and-forth affair, one whose biggest lead was just nine points, held by the Toronto Raptors.
Kyle Lowry began the game scorching hot in the first quarter. The longest-tenured and tortured Raptor scored his team’s first 11 points and ended the game with 26, along with 10 rebounds and seven assists.
It was not Kawhi Leonard‘s best performance, with just 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting. As has become the case in recent weeks, his teammates were right there with him. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined for 48 points, the latter of whom hit 5-of-11 3-pointers on the night.
The Warriors were beaten down to a pulp, yet still managed to find ways to compete. Andre Iguodala poured in 22 points with three makes from distance. Draymond Green finished with a triple-double of 11 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists. He was also responsible for half of his team’s 16 turnovers.
Above all else, Golden State knew it would require more greatness from the Splash Brothers duo. Klay Thompson appeared to comply, having dropped 30 points in 31 minutes before a freak landing off a dunk in the third quarter knocked him out for the remainder of the game.
It was an opportunity for Stephen Curry to add another chapter to his growing legacy. Instead, he remained quiet for most of the night and came up short with a potential game-tying 3-point shot, finishing with 21 points on 6-for-17 shooting overall.
The Dubs have just about every excuse in the book, deterred by injuries that consistently flared up at the worst possible moments. It doesn’t make this defeat sting any less, knowing their three-peat is gone with a summer of uncertainty staring them dead in the face. Here are three takeaways from Game 6.