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Raptors hit big shots, beat Warriors for 2-1 NBA Finals lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For every amazing shot in a career night by Stephen Curry on his home court, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green kept finding dazzling answers of their own.

The Toronto Raptors decided to ''let it rip,'' and now they have the momentum again in these back-and-forth NBA Finals.

Leonard scored 30 points on a night Curry went off for a playoff-best 47, and the Raptors beat the banged-up Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Wednesday for a 2-1 series lead.

Curry also had eight rebounds and seven assists but couldn't do it all for the two-time defending champions, down starters Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and key backup big man Kevon Looney because of injuries.

''They outplayed us. They deserved it,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''I'm very proud of our effort, and now we've just got to bounce back and hopefully get back in here Friday night and hopefully get a little healthier and get some guys back.''

Splash Brother Thompson missed his first career playoff game after straining his left hamstring late in Game 2, while Looney is out the rest of the series after a cartilage fracture on his right side near the collarbone that also happened Sunday. Durant, a two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP, has been sidelined nearly a month because of a strained right calf.

Game 4 is Friday at Oracle Arena, where Warriors fans will be rooting for the returns of Durant and Thompson.

Before the game, one of the Raptors wrote ''let it rip'' on the locker room board.

Lowry contributed 23 with five 3-pointers and Green had 18 points with six 3s after Pascal Siakam got the Raptors rolling early. Toronto shot 52.4% and made 17 from deep.

''I give our guys a lot of credit. I thought we answered a lot of runs,'' Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. ''Each time they chipped, we kind of answered back. And that's kind of what you got to do if you're going to keep your lead.''

The Warriors trailed 96-83 going into the final quarter. Curry's three free throws at 10:37 made it a seven-point game before back-to-back baskets by Serge Ibaka.

Siakam scored 18 points and established the momentum for Toronto from the tip, hitting his first three shots and setting a tone for a defensive effort that stayed solid without the foul problems that plagued the Raptors in Game 2.

''Every time we made a run or got the crowd into it they either made a tough 3 or there was a tough foul call and they slowed the tempo down or something went their way,'' Curry said. ''You have to tip your cap to all the guys who made pivotal plays in the right times.''

Golden State greatly missed not only Thompson's touch from outside but also his stifling defense.

Nurse challenged his team to produce more defensive stops in order to get out in transition - ''make them miss more,'' he said.

The Raptors re-watched the costly 18-0 run by Golden State in Game 2, then got six blocked shots from Ibaka.

''We know that they're going to make good runs and make shots but we watched that third quarter in Game 2 and we've just got to continue to play with pace,'' Lowry said. ''That was the one thing about it, we played with pace, half-court, full-court, and that was a big thing for us.''

Curry shot 14 for 31 including 6 of 14 on 3s while making 13 of 14 free throws in his sixth career 40-point playoff performance.

Nurse pulled out a box-and-one to try to stymie Curry in Golden State's 109-104 Game 2 win, then the Raptors made Curry's short-handed supporting cast try to beat them this time - and it sure worked.

TIP-INS

Raptors: All five Toronto starters scored in double digits and Fred VanVleet added 11 off the bench. ... The Raptors began 10 for 14 and scored 12 early points in the paint. .. Former Warriors G Patrick McCaw, who departed after last season in contract dispute, drew boos from the crowd when he checked into the game late in the first.

Warriors: Curry's 17 first-quarter points matched his most in the period for the postseason. He also did so on April 27, 2014, against the Clippers. ... In the first half, Curry was 4 of 8 from 3-point range the rest of the Warriors 1 for 11. ... Draymond Green's streak of double-doubles ended at a career-best six games after he had 17 points and seven rebounds. A 12th would match Denver's Nikola Jokic for most in the 2019 playoffs. ... Tim Hardaway from the Warriors' ''Run TMC'' era attended the game.

WARRIORS INJURIES

Durant went through extensive workouts both Tuesday and Wednesday at the practice facility with the hope he would do some scrimmaging Thursday. While the Warriors aren't scheduled for a regular practice, Kerr said some of the coaches and younger players might be called upon to give Durant the full-speed court work he still needs before being medically cleared to return.

He missed his eighth straight game since the injury May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.

Thompson was hurt in Game 2 and was to be evaluated by the training staff before tipoff. He didn't end up warming up on the court.

DeMarcus Cousins went to the locker room late in the game to be checked but Kerr expects him to be fine.

ORACLE OVERDUE

The home fans waited 20 days between home playoff games after the Western Conference finals sweep of Portland before Golden State opened the finals in Toronto.

It had been since Game 2 against the Trail Blazers on May 16 that the Warriors hosted - the second-longest lapse between home games since the current 16-game, four-round format was established in 1983.

The Warriors hosted a Game 3 in the finals for the first time since winning the 1975 title, having begun at home in each of the previous four.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:45   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:43   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
11:36   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
11:36 +1 Kyle Lowry made 1st of 2 free throws 1-0
11:36 +1 Kyle Lowry made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-0
11:22   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:18   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
11:16 +2 Stephen Curry made fade-away jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 2-2
11:03   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
10:50   Shooting foul on DeMarcus Cousins  
10:50 +1 Marc Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 3-2
10:50 +1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-2
10:42 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 4-5
10:25 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot 6-5
10:18   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:09   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
10:04   Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
9:56   Stephen Curry missed finger-roll layup  
9:49   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
9:42 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 9-5
9:29   Shooting foul on Marc Gasol  
9:29 +1 DeMarcus Cousins made 1st of 3 free throws 9-6
9:29 +1 DeMarcus Cousins made 2nd of 3 free throws 9-7
9:29   DeMarcus Cousins missed 3rd of 3 free throws  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
9:08 +2 Marc Gasol made hook shot 11-7
9:03   Lost ball turnover on DeMarcus Cousins, stolen by Danny Green  
8:45   Backcourt turnover on Danny Green  
8:28   Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot  
8:23   Offensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
8:22 +2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 13-7
8:13   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:09   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
8:07   Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:02   Defensive rebound by DeMarcus Cousins  
7:53   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
7:49   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
7:37 +2 Pascal Siakam made turnaround jump shot 15-7
7:18   DeMarcus Cousins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:16   TOR team rebound  
6:53 +2 Pascal Siakam made jump shot 17-7
6:38 +2 Stephen Curry made finger-roll layup 17-9
6:16 +2 Marc Gasol made layup, assist by Pascal Siakam 19-9
6:07 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 19-12
5:51   Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:48   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:45   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:42   TOR team rebound  
5:34   Out of bounds turnover on Kyle Lowry  
5:23   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:19   Offensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
5:18 +2 Stephen Curry made jump shot, assist by Andrew Bogut 19-14
5:09 +2 Kyle Lowry made turnaround jump shot 21-14
4:52   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
4:43 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 24-14
4:24   Personal foul on Danny Green  
4:14 +2 Andrew Bogut made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 24-16
4:08   Personal foul on Andrew Bogut  
4:00 +2 Marc Gasol made dunk, assist by Kawhi Leonard 26-16
3:45   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
3:28   Marc Gasol missed turnaround jump shot  
3:26   TOR team rebound  
3:25   Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:21   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
3:17   Out of bounds turnover on Draymond Green  
2:54   Marc Gasol missed fade-away jump shot  
2:51   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:38   Bad pass turnover on Alfonzo McKinnie, stolen by Fred VanVleet  
2:32   Pascal Siakam missed floating jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:22   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:19   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
2:13   Shooting foul on Quinn Cook  
2:13 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 27-16
2:13 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-16
1:53 +3 Alfonzo McKinnie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 28-19
1:35   Kawhi Leonard missed driving layup  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
1:30 +2 Quinn Cook made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 28-21
1:16   Shooting foul on Andrew Bogut  
1:16 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 29-21
1:16 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-21
1:08   Shooting foul on Fred VanVleet  
1:08 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 30-22
1:08 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-23
0:55 +2 Kawhi Leonard made driving dunk 32-23
0:55   Shooting foul on Jordan Bell  
0:55 +1 Kawhi Leonard made free throw 33-23
0:44 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Alfonzo McKinnie 33-25
0:44   Shooting foul on Fred VanVleet  
0:44 +1 Draymond Green made free throw 33-26
0:31   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:26   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:14 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 33-29
0:02 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick McCaw 36-29
0:00   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   GS team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:39 +2 Pascal Siakam made hook shot 38-29
11:25 +2 DeMarcus Cousins made reverse layup, assist by Andre Iguodala 38-31
11:12 +3 Fred VanVleet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Lowry 41-31
10:53   Jonas Jerebko missed jump shot  
10:52   GS team rebound  
10:52   Personal foul on Serge Ibaka  
10:45   Shooting foul on Danny Green  
10:45 +1 Shaun Livingston made 1st of 2 free throws 41-32
10:45 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-33
10:34   Shooting foul on Jonas Jerebko  
10:34 +1 Pascal Siakam made 1st of 2 free throws 42-33
10:34 +1 Pascal Siakam made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-33
10:21   Shaun Livingston missed hook shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Serge Ibaka  
10:09   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:06   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
9:59   Out of bounds turnover on DeMarcus Cousins  
9:42 +2 Pascal Siakam made driving layup 45-33
9:23 +2 Quinn Cook made jump shot 45-35
9:07 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Danny Green 48-35
8:52   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:52 +1 Quinn Cook made free throw 48-36
8:44 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk, assist by DeMarcus Cousins 48-38
8:25 +2 Pascal Siakam made finger-roll layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 50-38
8:15   Jonas Jerebko missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:11   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
8:06   Offensive foul on Danny Green  
8:06   Turnover on Danny Green  
7:52   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot  
7:46   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
7:42   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
7:42 +1 Serge Ibaka made 1st of 2 free throws 51-38
7:42 +1 Serge Ibaka made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-38
7:28   DeMarcus Cousins missed layup, blocked by Serge Ibaka  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
7:22   Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:18   TOR team rebound  
7:03   Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot  
7:03   TOR team rebound  
7:03   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
6:52   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Kyle Lowry  
6:48   Lost ball turnover on Kyle Lowry, stolen by Draymond Green  
6:31   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Kawhi Leonard  
6:28   Offensive foul on Kawhi Leonard  
6:28   Turnover on Kawhi Leonard  
6:04   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:04   GS team rebound  
6:04   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
5:41   Fred VanVleet missed jump shot  
5:38   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
5:31   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Fred VanVleet  
5:22   Kyle Lowry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:17   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
5:12   Draymond Green missed jump shot  
5:07   Offensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
5:07   Alfonzo McKinnie missed hook shot  
5:07   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
5:01   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:59   TOR team rebound  
4:59   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
4:59   Personal foul on Andrew Bogut  
4:33   Pascal Siakam missed jump shot  
4:32   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
4:32   Personal foul on Marc Gasol  
4:21 +2 Draymond Green made finger-roll layup, assist by Stephen Curry 52-40
4:02   Pascal Siakam missed hook shot  
3:58   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
3:43   Quinn Cook missed floating jump shot  
3:40   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
3:20   Lost ball turnover on Kawhi Leonard, stolen by Andre Iguodala  
3:13   Shooting foul on Marc Gasol  
3:13 +1 Draymond Green made 1st of 2 free throws 52-41
3:13 +1 Draymond Green made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-42
2:57 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 55-42
2:49   Shooting foul on Kyle Lowry  
2:49 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 55-43
2:49 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-44
2:23   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot  
2:20   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
2:18 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot 55-47
2:00   Kyle Lowry missed layup  
2:00   TOR team rebound  
1:54   Offensive foul on Serge Ibaka  
1:54   Turnover on Serge Ibaka  
1:48   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
1:48 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 55-48
1:48   Stephen Curry missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1:46   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
1:31   Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:26   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
1:21   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Serge Ibaka  
1:16   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:12   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
1:10   Offensive foul on Quinn Cook  
1:10   Turnover on Quinn Cook  
0:53   Offensive foul on Kawhi Leonard  
0:53   Turnover on Kawhi Leonard  
0:45   Draymond Green missed floating jump shot  
0:41   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
0:33 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Serge Ibaka 58-48
0:31   Personal foul on Kyle Lowry  
0:31 +1 Stephen Curry made 1st of 2 free throws 58-49
0:31 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 2 free throws 58-50
0:14 +2 Kyle Lowry made driving layup 60-50
0:01 +2 Andre Iguodala made alley-oop shot, assist by Quinn Cook 60-52
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Shooting foul on DeMarcus Cousins  
11:44 +1 Marc Gasol made 1st of 2 free throws 61-52
11:44 +1 Marc Gasol made 2nd of 2 free throws 62-52
11:27   DeMarcus Cousins missed layup  
11:29   Offensive rebound by Draymond Green  
11:29   Draymond Green missed dunk  
11:18   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
11:17 +2 Kawhi Leonard made layup, assist by Pascal Siakam 64-52
11:04   Bad pass turnover on DeMarcus Cousins, stolen by Fred VanVleet  
10:46 +2 Marc Gasol made driving layup, assist by Kyle Lowry 66-52
10:31 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 66-55
10:01   Fred VanVleet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:56   Defensive rebound by DeMarcus Cousins  
9:49 +2 Stephen Curry made floating jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 66-57
9:28   Out of bounds turnover on Pascal Siakam  
9:19 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by DeMarcus Cousins 66-59
9:00   Lost ball turnover on Marc Gasol, stolen by DeMarcus Cousins  
8:51   DeMarcus Cousins missed layup  
8:48   Defensive rebound by Pascal Siakam  
8:45 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Pascal Siakam 69-59
8:27 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 69-62
8:05 +3 Kyle Lowry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marc Gasol 72-62
7:52   Stephen Curry missed floating jump shot  
7:48   Defensive rebound by Kyle Lowry  
7:42   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
7:42   Kawhi Leonard missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:42   TOR team rebound  
7:42 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 73-62
7:28   Stephen Curry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:26   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
7:21   Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:17   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
7:15   DeMarcus Cousins missed layup, blocked by Kawhi Leonard  
7:07   Offensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
7:06   Shaun Livingston missed layup  
7:12   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
7:07   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
7:07   Defensive rebound by Marc Gasol  
6:58   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
6:49   Stephen Curry missed layup, blocked by Kawhi Leonard  
6:46   Offensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
6:42 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 73-65
6:19 +3