The Raptors secured an important win on Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Toronto topped the Warriors 105-92 in what might be the last game Golden State ever plays at Oracle Arena to claim a 3-1 series lead.
The Raptors have a chance to close the series out at home and knock off the two-time defending champions on Monday.
Here are three takeaways from Toronto’s victory:
The shooting was horrendous
Neither side shot the ball well from behind the arc in Game 4.
Both teams combined to make four of their 30 3-point attempts in the first half and finished making just 30.5%. Some hot shooters got uncharacteristically cold along the way.
Stephen Curry was 2 for 9 from range while Danny Green, who made six 3-pointers last game, converted just one of his seven long heaves.
When it came down to it, the outcome had to be decided in the trenches.
Kawhi Leonard ascended to another level
Leonard has shown he has what it takes to carry a franchise throughout the postseason and had his most impressive championship showing Friday, tallying 36 points and 12 rebounds in the contest.
The Raptors superstar scored 17 points in the third quarter alone and demanded double teams down the stretch as his team pulled away.
Leonard has scored more than 30 points in three straight games, and his best could still be ahead of him.
The Warriors don’t have as much firepower as you think
Players not named Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson combined to score 37 of the Warriors’ 92 points.
Golden State utilized 10 players in its rotation, but didn’t get valuable contributions from its most important role players.
Andre Iguodala and DeMarcus Cousins combined for nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. Kevon Looney was a pleasant surprise and scored 10 points despite suffering a fracture near his collarbone two games ago, but his efforts weren’t enough.
Klay Thompson was expected to push the Warriors back over the top when he returned from his hamstring injury, but offense seems to be in short supply now for the former offensive juggernaut.