Golden State topped Toronto 109-104 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, evening the series at 1-1.
The Warriors’ win didn’t come easy, but now they have a chance to take control at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.
Here are three takeaways from Golden State’s crucial victory:
The Warriors are sharing the ball
Golden State doubled Toronto’s assist output, totaling 34 to the Raptors’ 17.
Four different Warriors recorded at least five assists in Sunday’s contest. Draymond Green was just one assist away from notching his second consecutive triple-double of the championship series.
Injuries to Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney could make ball movement like this even more important for Golden State.
DeMarcus Cousins can be a positive
Entering the series, there were doubts Cousins could help the Warriors trend in the right direction.
The four-time All-Star hadn’t played since tearing his quad in the first round of the playoffs as the NBA Finals approached. He logged just eight minutes in Game 1 and only managed to score three points.
However, Cousins unexpectedly tallied 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes in Game 2. This is likely because of the injury to Looney, and he made the most of his opportunity. While he struggled with foul trouble early, he proved he can take on a heavier workload moving forward and not be too much of a defensive liability.
Toronto owned the offensive glass
While the Raptors blew their opportunity to go up 2-0 against the Warriors, they had plenty of chances to recover from their blunders.
Toronto totaled 15 offensive rebounds to Golden State’s six, and quite a few came in critical moments down the stretch. Kawhi Leonard came up with five himself.
Bounces didn’t go the right way for the Raptors this time, but capitalizing on second-chance opportunities could play a big part in how the series ends.