Raptors beat injury-hit Warriors to seize NBA Finals lead

Oakland (United States) (AFP) –


Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points and the Toronto Raptors moved halfway to their first NBA title Wednesday by defeating the injury-hit Golden State Warriors 123-109 in the NBA Finals.

Kyle Lowry added 23 points and nine assists while Danny Green and Pascal Siakam each contributed 18 points as the Raptors seized a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which continues Friday in Oakland.

Stephen Curry scored a career playoff high 47 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists for a Golden State squad playing without guard Klay Thompson due to a left hamstring strain and forward Kevin Durant with a right calf injury.

Golden State fell behind by as many as 14 points in the first half and pulled no closer than seven in the second half despite staying within reach thanks to Curry's one-man heroics.