A play-by-play breakdown of how the Raptors defeated the Warriors in Game 1

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Kawhi Leonard is looking to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Kawhi Leonard is looking to lead the Toronto Raptors past the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-109, winning their first Finals game in franchise history.

Here’s how it happened.

4th quarter

The Raptors have won their first Finals game in franchise history, taking Game 1 by a 118-109 scoreline. Raptors defeat Warriors 118-109

Siakam caps off his monstrous night, tipping the ball in off his own offensive rebound, and then Lowry hits a three from well beyond the arc to essentially seal the game 118-109 Raptors

Gasol fouls out with 1:14 left and receives an ovation from the fans. He doesn’t seem altogether happy and Curry hits two free throws. 113-106 Raptors

Iguodala gets a floater with the clock winding down after the Raptors don’t allow Curry to get free. Lowry misses a jumper but Kawhi gets the offensive rebound and the Raptors reset. VanVleet then gets to the line and drains both free throws. 113-103 Raptors

Thompson shakes off the technical and hits a quick jumper. Gasol responds with a jumper of his own on the next possession. With the clock expiring, VanVleet throws up a wild shot that somehow goes in and counts as a long two. 110-98 Raptors

A technical fall is called on Thompson after tossing the ball to the referee. Drake starts up the Hotline Bling dance in response. Leonard hits the technical free throw and is up to 22 points on the evening. 106-94 Raptors

Kawhi Leonard is a bad, bad, man draining a three in a defender’s face and then Siakam comes up with a huge block on Draymond. However, Danny Green misses a three on the next possession and Curry gets a floater to drop. 103-94 Raptors

A late Raptors breakdown leads to a Looney dunk. On the next play, Green draws a foul on Curry, his third of the game. Iguodala capitalizes on a steal and takes it down the court for an uncontested dunk. Curry, however, gets another foul abd Steve Kerr doesn’t appear to be too pleased. 100-92 Raptors

Siakam is doing absolutely everything, and finds a wide-open Green, who hits the corner three. The crowd is on their feet, a timeout is called, and the Raptors are up 12, although we’re not willing to call it a safe lead. 100-88 Raptors

Lowry gets his fifth foul after trying to block Looney near the rim. He goes to the bench, while Looney hits one of two free throws. 97-88 Raptors

Cousins is struggling to stay out of foul trouble and hacks Ibaka at the rim. Ibaka misses the first free throw, but gets the second.

Siakam channels Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a beautiful skyhook, and then Lowry draws a charge from Cousins. 96-87 Raptors

VanVleet gets a finger roll to fall, driving into Jerebko but doesn’t get the foul. Ibaka blocks a Livingston layup, and after Cook misses a three, Lowry hauls the rebound and finds Siakam for a layup off glass. 94-87 Raptors

Thompson drains two free throws of his own, then Jonas Jerebko puts up his best sequence of the game, blocking McCaw, and drains a three. 90-86 Raptors

VanVleet gets to the line and hits two free throws to open the quarter. He’s been a new man since the birth of his son. 90-81 Raptors

3rd quarter

It’s way too early to speculate who’s going to win Finals MVP but Siakam has emerged as the very early favourite.

Patrick McCaw is out here looking for revenge and drains a three against his former team. Draymond bricks a wide-open three attempt, but with the clock expiring Ibaka throws the ball away to Livingston. 88-81 Raptors

Alfonzo McKinnie’s three-pointer cuts the lead to four, but Kawhi gets to the line and calms down the crowd with two quick free throws. Leonard almost steals the ball, but a broken possession somehow ends up in a bucket for Kevon Looney. 85-81 Raptors

Mitch Marner, Travis Dermott, Nazem Kadri and Zach Hyman also joined Tavares for Game 1. We love the fits.

The Raptors get caught ball-watching and Livingston gets an easy layup. However, Kawhi responds immediately with a huge three and on the next possession, the Raptors force a turnover. 82-74 Raptors

And here’s a shot of the Burlington contingent.

The rest of the Greater Toronto Area is all-in on the Raptors as well. Here are some scenes from Mississauga’s newly-anointed Jurassic Park West.

And we finally have our first “ref, you suck” chant. Curry is sent to the free-throw line and predictably hits both. 79-70 Raptors

Gasol hits a floater and on the next sequence, Thompson finds Iguodala for a wide-open three but he can’t convert. After both teams trade missed shots, Siakam dances around the Warriors for another layup. He’s absolutely unstoppable right now! 79-68 Raptors

Siakam is absolutely cooking and gets a bucket to fall as the ball rolls around the rim and drops in. However, Thompson responds with a three. 75-68 Raptors

It’s almost unfair how good Leonard and Siakam are in transition as Kawhi finds his teammate for an easy layup and a timeout is called shortly thereafter. 73-63 Raptors

The Warriors take off in transition but Thompson misses a three. However, the Warriors corral the ball, find Thompson again and he doesn’t miss. All it takes is one for Klay to become scorching. However, Siakam comes through with a driving layup. Curry then responds with a quick field goal and is up to 20 points on the night. 69-63 Warriors

Siakam finds Kawhi for a basket with a perfect pass, and on the next sequence, Gasol swats Bell at the rim. The Raptors force the Warriors into a shot-clock violation as they’ve played great team defence over the past three minutes. 67-58 Raptors

Gasol picks up his third foul of the game, and Draymond hits two free throws. However, Siakam continues to be on fire and gets a bucket to fall. After Gasol picks off a pass, Siakam hits a jumper on a Lowry dime. But the momentum is short-lived as Curry nails a three, then drains a quick jumper . He’s going to keep the Raptors on their toes throughout the entire series. 63-56 Raptors


Leonard has three fouls at half.

A$AP Ferg is the halftime performer.

Gasol is leading all scorers with 14 points, while Siakam has 12 points of his own on 5-of-7 shooting. Curry has 13 points to lead the Warriors, while his fellow Splash Brother, Thompson, added nine of his own.

2nd quarter

After Curry drains two free throws, Green steps into a huge three pointer which almost brings the house down at Scotiabank Arena, effectively closing out a very strong performance from the Raptors thus far. 59-49 Raptors

Gasol posts up Curry and hits a turnaround jumper, in what’s been an excellent first half. 56-47 Raptors

And there’s the Kawhi we know and love. Leonard draws a foul on Curry, gets the bucket to land and completes the and-1 opportunity. 52-45 Raptors

Siakam is beginning to catch fire for the Raptors. First, he drains a 9-foot jumper, and after the Warriors respond with a dunk from Andre Iguodala, Siakam hits a three-pointer. Kevon Looney responds with a long jumper, but Siakam comes back with another bucket. Spicy, indeed. 49-45 Raptors

Lowry makes an excellent read and finds Gasol for an easy layup. Gasol leads the Raptors with 10 points thus far. 42-41 Raptors

Draymond sinks two free throws, after Siakam turns the ball over out of bounds, Thompson steps into a three. The Warriors know how to erase even the seemingly insurmountable of leads, and the Raptors will need to continue to be resilient. 41-40 Warriors

Lowry also gets two free throws to fall, and the Raptors attempt to take advantage of some undisciplined play from Curry. However, VanVleet misses both shots from the charity stripe. 40-36 Raptors

Leonard hits two free throws but the Raptors and Warriors begin to trade missed shots, and both clubs appear to need to settle their nerves. 38-34 Raptors

Cousins makes his first impact of the game, hitting two free throws but VanVleet responds with a bucket of his own. Jonas Jerebko and VanVleet trade threes and the quarter is picking up to a frenetic pace. 36-31 Raptors

Quinn Cook comes off the bench for the Warriors and hits a three to open the quarter, but Norm Powell earns two free throws on the next sequence and hits them both. Thompson gets an easy dunk in response.

However, Serge Ibaka isn’t messing around, and after getting his own rebound, gets a bucket to fall. Both teams resort to a few sloppy plays but Ibaka breaks out of the funk with a dunk, from a VanVleet assist, which stemmed from a Thompson turnover. 31-26 Raptors

1st quarter

Shaun Livingston hits two free throws to cap off the quarter. So far, so good for the Raptors. 25-21 Raptors

Leonard misses a jumper and the Warriors take off, but Alfonzo McKinnie is called for a travel. Lowry tries to hit a deep three but misses, but the Warriors can’t take advantage. Siakam eventually drains a three after both teams trade several misses, extending the lead. 25-19 Raptors

It’s a game of runs, however, and the Raptors storm back, first with a bucket from Kyle Lowry, then with a jumper from Fred VanVleet. 22-19 Raptors

The Raptors can never relax, however, as Curry quickly responds with a three. On the next play, Siakam barrels into Draymond and gets called for a charge. Golden State recovers from a broken possession which leads to a Curry three, and after a Kawhi miss, Thompson throws down an uncontested dunk. 19-18 Warriors

Siakam posts up Bell and gets a floater to fall. On the other end, Thompson misses a three, Gasol corrals the rebound, and after Siakam finds him back again inside the paint, the Raptors’ center draws a foul from Draymond and goes to the line. Gasol hits both free throws and is off to a great start. 18-11 Raptors

Leonard comes up with a steal and after Gasol has all day to take a three, he steps into it and drains it. After the Warriors miss a shot, Green takes off in transition for a layup and the Raptors are rolling. The DEFENSE chant is out in full force, but Draymond gets his first basket of the game. 14-11 Raptors

Leonard misses a pull-up three in transition, and Golden State gets into its halfcourt offense, which culminates in a bucket for Jordan Bell. A timeout is taken by the Raptors, as they’ve weathered the first round of punches from the Warriors pretty well thus far. 9-9

Curry attempts a spinning three off the dribble and misses, but Green can’t capitalize on a three-point attempt. Draymond Green’s shot doesn’t go, and on the next sequence, Pascal Siakam kicks it out to Marc Gasol for a three and the Raptors have their first lead of the game. 9-7 Raptors

Green’s on the board with a huge three, but Thompson drains a jumper quickly. Leonard’s outstanding playoff run continues, and he steps into a three and nails it. However, Curry isn’t messing around and responds with an instantaneous bucket. Hold onto your hats, folks, this is going to be a fun one. 7-6 Warriors

Klay Thompson attempts a floater but it doesn’t go, but Danny Green missed a three on the next possession. Unfortunately for the Raptors, Steph Curry gamely gets to the free-throw line, baiting Kawhi Leonard into an early foul. Curry, the greatest free-throw shooter of all-time, drains them both. 2-0 Warriors


Maple Leafs star John Tavares is on hand to support the Raptors tonight.

How could you not be hyped after watching this?

Despite Paul Pierce predicting a Raptors’ victory, the fans at Scotiabank Arena greeted him with a chorus of boos.

Jordan Bell will start at center for the Warriors, while DeMarcus Cousins and Kevon Looney start the game on the bench.

Drake has done a masterful done job of trolling throughout the playoffs and he’s back in top form ahead of Game 1, wearing a Dell Curry Raptors jersey to Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors are the talk of the town and received well wishes from the children at SickKids.

The Steph Curry Warmup Experience has come to Toronto, and the Warriors’ superstar guard is draining shots from halfcourt with ease.

Toronto rapper and icon Kardinal Offishall is firing up the crowd at Jurassic Park.

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in attendance Thursday.

Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia has arrived in style.

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant has already been ruled out for Game 1 and it appears highly unlikely that he’ll be able to suit up for Game 2.

Raptors forward OG Anunoby was ruled out prior to the game. Anunoby hasn’t played throughout the playoffs after undergoing an appendectomy on April 12. The 21-year-old was listed as questionable prior to the game, and Vivek Jacob reported that Anunoby could play in Game 2.

Our own Vivek Jacob, William Lou, Amit Mann, Kishan Mistry and Alex Wong are at Scotiabank Arena for Game 1 of the Finals. Follow them on Twitter throughout the series at @VivekMJacob@william_lou@amit_mann@_kishanmistry and @steven_lebron.

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