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SportsNBA Finals 2019: 18-0 Warriors run 'really killed us,' Kawhi Leonard says

21:33  03 june  2019
21:33  03 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter " killed " the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals . Leonard finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds but could not help the Raptors stretch their winning run in the playoffs to six games, a sequence that included their four

Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter " killed " the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals . Toronto led 59-54 at halftime Sunday, but an 18 - 0 Golden State run out of the break turned around Game 2, with the reigning champions eventually winning, 109-104.

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Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter "killed" the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals.

Toronto led 59-54 at halftime Sunday, but an 18-0 Golden State run out of the break turned around Game 2, with the reigning champions eventually winning, 109-104.

Leonard finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds but could not help the Raptors stretch their winning run in the playoffs to six games, a sequence that included their four straight victories over the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.

"I feel like in that third quarter we didn't score the ball in the first five minutes, maybe four and a half minutes. That obviously led to them getting out in transition early and a lot of layups and open looks. That was pretty much the game right there," the three-time All-Star told reporters.

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Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter " killed " the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals . Toronto led 59-54 at halftime Sunday, but an 18 - 0 Golden State run out of the break turned around Game 2, with the reigning champions eventually winning, 109-104.

Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter " killed " the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals . Toronto led 59-54 at Shortly after the blockbuster trade that sent Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors last June, reports quickly circulated that

"They went on like an 18-0 run, I believe. You can't do that with a championship team on the other side.

"I felt like our pace was good early, it was just that third quarter that really killed us. [An] 18-0 run, we can't score no baskets, you're not going to win no game."

Toronto produced a late rally, cutting the gap to 106-104, but Andre Iguodala's 3-pointer in the closing seconds ended Toronto's comeback hopes.

The series sits at 1-1 as it moves to Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, with Game 3 at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Asked about the key to winning on the road, Leonard replied: "Just coming in as one. Obviously on somebody else's home floor, they've got the sixth man with the crowd.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse expects a better game from Kawhi Leonard on Sunday

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Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter " killed " the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals . Toronto led 59-54 at halftime Sunday, but an 18 - 0 Golden State run out of the break turned around Game 2, with the reigning champions eventually winning, 109-104.

Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter " killed " the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals . Toronto led 59-54 at halftime Sunday, but an 18 - 0 Golden State run out of the break turned around Game 2, with the reigning champions eventually winning, 109-104.

"We just have to buy into ourselves, come out hard. No mistakes, no turnovers. Just the same thing you've got to do at home."

The Warriors will hope to have Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson available after they sustained chest and hamstring injuries, respectively, on Sunday, with the latter set to undergo an MRI scan Monday.

Golden State has not had Kevin Durant available yet in the series, though Leonard insists the Warriors are a tough team to beat no matter who is playing for them.

"We've still got to go out and make shots and guard guys who are out there," he said. "Obviously, they are missing Durant and it’s a big loss for them, but they won the game tonight."

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