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Raptors take NBA Finals opener, beat Warriors 118-109

TORONTO (AP) The first NBA Finals game outside the U.S. was a party 24 years in the making.

Then Pascal Siakam and the Raptors really gave Toronto something to celebrate.

Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Raptors made a smashing NBA Finals debut, beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night.

The Raptors hardly looked like newcomers to the NBA's biggest stage, controlling the action most of the way against a Golden State team beginning its fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.

''I think we did pretty good job at home,'' Siakam said. ''The fans are amazing, man. I just want to say that. From coming out for warmup to the end of the game, it was just the support and then going crazy. I've never seen anything like that.''

Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and Marc Gasol had 20 for the Raptors, who weren't in awe of the setting or their opponents who had played 22 NBA Finals games in the last four years.

''We know that they're human. They're a great basketball team, talented players, high basketball-IQ players,'' Leonard said. ''You just got to go out there and compete, take the challenge.''

Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Klay Thompson had 21 for the Warriors, who had won all four Game 1s in the last four years. All those had come at home, but this time Golden State doesn't have home-court - or home country - advantage.

''Our goal was to get one and it's still on the table for us,'' Thompson said. ''So I know we'll respond like the champions we are.''

Game 2 is Sunday night in Toronto, which is hosting an NBA Finals game for the first time after the Raptors entered the league as an expansion team in 1995.

The Raptors were perhaps a little jittery at the start, with Kyle Lowry firing a pass well out of bounds on their first possession.

But they quickly settled in afterward, building a 10-point lead by halftime.

Siakam then went 6 for 6 in the third quarter to keep Golden State from gaining much ground, and the Raptors kept their lead around double digits for much of the final quarter, countering every attempt the Warriors made to catch up.

''We didn't play very well tonight at all and we still had a chance the entire game,'' Draymond Green said. ''And it was a great atmosphere. This is a team or a city, a country, that hasn't seen a finals ever here, so we expected it to be a great atmosphere and it was. But we can still play better and I know we will.''

All four of the Warriors' previous finals were against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they struggled to figure out a new opponent. Toronto shot 50.6 percent from the field and the Warriors never found an answer for Siakam, the finalist for Most Improved Player who has a nice start for an NBA Finals MVP resume.

The native of Cameroon and nicknamed Spicy P was red hot, shooting 14 for 17 from the field - and he tipped in his own shot on the last of those misses with 54 seconds to play.

Fans began arriving at Jurassic Park outside the arena in the morning. There were lengthy lines at the arena entrances hours before the game, with some of the few fans who weren't wearing Raptors red sticking to their original purple uniform with the dinosaur logo.

Rapper and Raptors global ambassador Drake sat in his courtside seat wearing a Curry No. 30 jersey. That's Dell Curry, Stephen's father who finished his career with the Raptors.

The Raptors introduced Dell Curry and some of their other former players after the first quarter, a group that included perennial All-Stars such as Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh.

But it wasn't until they got Leonard in a trade with San Antonio that Toronto was finally good enough to get to the NBA Finals.

He wasn't the dominant force he was in the first three rounds, when he averaged 31.2 points. But he had eight rebounds and five assists in his first NBA Finals game since winning MVP of the 2014 championship with the Spurs.

DeMarcus Cousins made it back from a torn left quadriceps to come off the bench in his first NBA Finals game, but the Warriors remained without Kevin Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals. He traveled to Toronto but it's unclear if he'll play before the series returns to the Bay Area, with Warriors coach Steve Kerr saying he would have to go through a practice first.

The Warriors had won every game since he got hurt in the second round but sure missed him against the Raptors, who are on a roll after falling behind 2-0 to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference finals.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Cousins finished with three points in eight minutes. ... Green had his fifth triple-double of the postseason with 10 points, 10 rebounds and assists, but shot just 2 for 9. ... Golden State had a 12-game winning streak in Game 1s snapped. ... Curry's four 3-pointers gave him a record 102 in the NBA Finals and he was also 14 for 14 from the free throw line.

Raptors: Danny Green went 3 for 7 from 2-point range after he was just 4 for 23 in the conference finals. ... The Raptors improved to just 4-15 in Game 1s.

DRAKE AND DRAYMOND

Green and Drake exchanged words at the end of the game, but the Warriors shot down a suggestion it was more than that.

''It wasn't really a scuffle because I didn't hit him and he didn't hit me, and I didn't push him and he didn't push me,'' Green said. ''We talked. We barked a little bit, but I wouldn't necessarily consider that a scuffle, not really what I personally would consider a scuffle.''

UP NEXT

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42   Out of bounds turnover on Kyle Lowry  
11:23   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
11:14   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:11   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:06   Shooting foul on Kawhi Leonard  
11:06 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 1-0
11:06 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-0
10:46 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 2-3
10:38   Klay Thompson missed driving layup, blocked by Danny Green  
10:34 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 4-3
10:23   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
10:15 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot 4-6
10:04   Stephen Curry missed turnaround jump shot  
10:01   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
9:59 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 7-6
9:31   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:26   Violation  
9:20   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
9:07   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
8:59   Draymond Green missed layup  
8:57   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
8:54   Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:51   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
8:47 +3 Marc Gasol made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 7-9
8:29   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
8:45   Bad pass turnover on Andre Iguodala, stolen by Pascal Siakam  
8:01   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:57   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
7:40 +2 Jordan Bell made finger-roll layup, assist by Stephen Curry 9-9
7:21   Kyle Lowry missed floating jump shot  
7:21   GS team rebound  
7:22   Personal foul on Marc Gasol  
7:10   Lost ball turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Kyle Lowry  
7:02 +3 Marc Gasol made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 9-12
6:53   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:50   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
6:45 +2 Danny Green made reverse layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 9-14
6:28 +2 Draymond Green made jump shot, assist by Jordan Bell 11-14
6:12   Personal foul on Andre Iguodala  
6:03 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot 11-16
5:44   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
5:42   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
5:31   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
5:31 +1 Marc Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 11-17
5:31 +1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 11-18
5:16 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 14-18
4:58   Offensive foul on Pascal Siakam  
4:58   Turnover on Pascal Siakam  
4:42   Klay Thompson missed layup, blocked by Pascal Siakam  
4:27   Kawhi Leonard missed hook shot  
4:25   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
4:21 +2 Klay Thompson made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 19-18
3:56   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
3:49   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
3:37 +2 Kyle Lowry made layup 19-20
3:53   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
3:06 +2 Fred VanVleet made jump shot, assist by Marc Gasol 19-22
2:54   Offensive foul on Kevon Looney  
2:36   Serge Ibaka missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:32   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:19   Shaun Livingston missed fade-away jump shot  
2:16   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
2:20   Kawhi Leonard missed fade-away jump shot  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
2:02   Traveling violation turnover on Alfonzo McKinnie  
1:40   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Fred VanVleet  
1:22   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:18   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:08   Kevon Looney missed hook shot  
1:06   Defensive rebound by Norman Powell  
1:01 +3 Pascal Siakam made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 19-25
0:45   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot  
0:44   Personal foul on Norman Powell  
0:41   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green  
0:41   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:03   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
0:03 +1 Shaun Livingston made 1st of 2 free throws 20-25
0:03 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-25
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:32 +3 Quinn Cook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 24-25
11:17   Shooting foul on Klay Thompson  
11:17 +1 Norman Powell made 1st of 2 free throws 24-26
11:17 +1 Norman Powell made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-27
11:07   Personal foul on Danny Green  
10:56   Personal foul on Norman Powell  
10:48 +2 Klay Thompson made dunk, assist by DeMarcus Cousins 26-27
10:20   Offensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
10:19 +2 Serge Ibaka made hook shot 26-29
9:58   Jonas Jerebko missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:57   TOR team rebound  
9:48   Offensive foul on Serge Ibaka  
9:48   Turnover on Serge Ibaka  
9:31   Offensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:30   Bad pass turnover on Klay Thompson, stolen by Danny Green  
9:27 +2 Serge Ibaka made dunk, assist by Fred VanVleet 26-31
9:15   Shooting foul on Fred VanVleet  
9:15 +1 DeMarcus Cousins made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-31
8:52 +2 Fred VanVleet made hook shot 28-33
8:31 +3 Jonas Jerebko made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by DeMarcus Cousins 31-33
8:13 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick McCaw 31-36
7:43   Bad pass turnover on Fred VanVleet, stolen by DeMarcus Cousins  
7:54   Shooting foul on Fred VanVleet  
7:40 +1 Quinn Cook made free throw 34-36
7:28   Personal foul on Shaun Livingston  
7:18   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
7:08   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
7:08 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 34-37
7:08 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-38
6:53   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
6:48   Lost ball turnover on Kawhi Leonard, stolen by Stephen Curry  
6:41 +2 Shaun Livingston made reverse layup, assist by Draymond Green 36-38
6:30   Kawhi Leonard missed layup, blocked by Shaun Livingston  
6:13   Quinn Cook missed jump shot  
6:11   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
6:06   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
6:06 +1 Kyle Lowry made 1st of 2 free throws 36-39
6:06 +1 Kyle Lowry made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-40
5:55   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
5:55   Fred VanVleet missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:55   Fred VanVleet missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:55   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:49   Personal foul on Kawhi Leonard  
5:49 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 37-40
5:49 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 38-40
5:41   Out of bounds turnover on Pascal Siakam  
5:41 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 41-40
5:19   Marc Gasol missed jump shot  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:10   Lost ball turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Marc Gasol  
5:10   Jumpball  
4:52   GS team rebound  
4:41   Stephen Curry missed driving layup  
4:39   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
4:33 +2 Marc Gasol made layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 41-42
4:07   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
4:06   Out of bounds turnover on Andre Iguodala  
3:49 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 41-44
3:35 +2 Andre Iguodala made driving dunk, assist by Kevon Looney 43-44
3:12 +3 Pascal Siakam made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 43-47
2:46 +2 Kevon Looney made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 45-47
2:20 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot 45-49
2:09   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:04   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
1:47 +2 Kawhi Leonard made floating jump shot 45-51
1:47   Shooting foul on Stephen Curry  
1:47 +1 Kawhi Leonard made free throw 45-52
1:28   Personal foul on Kawhi Leonard  
1:28 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 46-52
1:28 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-52
1:08   Personal foul on Kevon Looney  
1:08 +1 Marc Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 47-53
1:08 +1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-54
0:59   Offensive foul on Draymond Green  
0:38 +2 Marc Gasol made turnaround jump shot, assist by Fred VanVleet 47-56
0:32   Shooting foul on Marc Gasol  
0:32 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 48-56
0:32 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-56
0:11 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 49-59
0:00   Klay Thompson missed hook shot  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:47   Shooting foul on Marc Gasol  
11:47 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 50-59
11:47 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-59
11:28 +2 Pascal Siakam made finger-roll layup 51-61
11:05   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Marc Gasol  
10:45 +2 Pascal Siakam made jump shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 51-63
10:32 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 54-63
10:04   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
9:59   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
9:52 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 56-63
9:30   Shooting foul on Andre Iguodala  
9:30 +1 Pascal Siakam made 1st of 2 free throws 56-64
9:30 +1 Pascal Siakam made 2nd of 2 free throws 56-65
9:19 +2 Draymond Green made finger-roll layup 58-65
9:13 +2 Kawhi Leonard made layup, assist by Pascal Siakam 58-67
8:55   Jordan Bell missed reverse layup, blocked by Marc Gasol  
8:52   GS team rebound  
8:45   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
8:21   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:19   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
8:16   Danny Green missed layup, blocked by Andre Iguodala  
8:09   Offensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
8:05 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 61-67
7:47   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:29 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot 61-69
7:21 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot 63-69
7:11   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
7:11 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 63-70
7:11 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-71
6:59   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Kawhi Leonard  
6:55 +2 Pascal Siakam made finger-roll layup, assist by Kawhi Leonard 63-73
6:40 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk, assist by Andre Iguodala 65-73
6:16 +2 Pascal Siakam made jump shot 65-75
5:55   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Lowry, stolen by Draymond Green  
5:48 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. turnaround jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 68-75
5:22 +2 Marc Gasol made jump shot, assist by Danny Green 68-77
5:13   Personal foul on Marc Gasol  
4:58   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
4:24   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:21   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
4:19 +2 Pascal Siakam made jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 68-79
4:02   GS team rebound  
4:02   Personal foul on Fred VanVleet  
3:56   Shooting foul on Serge Ibaka  
3:56 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 69-79
3:56 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 70-79
3:37   Kyle Lowry missed floating jump shot  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
3:29   Personal foul on Pascal Siakam  
3:29 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 71-79
3:29 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-79
3:12   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:09   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
3:01 +2 Shaun Livingston made finger-roll layup, assist by Draymond Green 74-79
2:47 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Serge Ibaka 74-82
2:36   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
2:26   Serge Ibaka missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:17   Shooting foul on Kyle Lowry  
2:17 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 75-82
2:17 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 76-82
1:55   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
1:51   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
1:50   TOR team rebound  
1:38   Shooting foul on Alfonzo McKinnie  
1:38   Kawhi Leonard missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:38   TOR team rebound  
1:38 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 76-83
1:23 +3 Alfonzo McKinnie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 79-83
1:11   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
1:11 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 79-84
1:11 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-85
0:56   Alfonzo McKinnie missed layup, blocked by Danny Green  
0:56   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:55 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk 81-85
0:33 +3 Patrick McCaw made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 81-88
0:25   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:22   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
0:00   Bad pass turnover on Serge Ibaka, stolen by Shaun Livingston  
0:00   Shaun Livingston missed 3-pt. floating jump shot  
0:00   GS team rebound