The Toronto Raptors are two wins away from their first NBA title after beating the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
Toronto took down Golden State 123-109 at Oracle Arena in Game 3 despite a Herculean effort from Stephen Curry.
The Raptors now lead the NBA Finals 2-1.
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry scored 47 points on 14-of-31 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists for Warriors.
He tried his absolute best to will his team to victory, but in the absence of Klay Thompson, there was little Curry could do.
Thompson was ruled out of the matchup 12 minutes before tipoff with a hamstring injury suffered in the final minutes of Game 2.
Coach Steve Kerr, prioritizing caution, decided before Game 3 of the N.B.A. finals that Klay Thompson would not play because of a strained left hamstring.
The Warriors were already missing Kevin Durant (indefinitely) and Kevon Looney (for the rest of the series) because of injuries.
The Warriors are still a powerhouse in search of their fourth championship in five seasons, but they are not immune to sprains and strains, and the collective cost of so many battered body parts is mounting.
The Toronto Raptors took advantage against the Warriors’ depleted lineup, surviving everything that Stephen Curry could throw at them in a 123-109 victory.
The Raptors, who took a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series, are two wins from their first title. Game 4 is Friday night at Oracle Arena.
Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 30 points, while Kyle Lowry finished with 23 points and nine assists. Danny Green shot 6 of 10 from 3-point range to finish with 18 points.