TORONTO, Ontario, — The Golden State Warriors tied the 2019 NBA Finals at one game each with a 109-104 win over the Toronto Raptors in game two on Sunday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, while former US President Barack Obama, a well-known basketball fan was in attendance.
Obama has been in Canada for the last few days delivered a speech in Ottawa and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a local brew pub. In Ottawa, Obama acknowledge the Toronto Raptors and fans, noting he “has good friends in both” teams.
“I love both teams, I want a great series. Neither of them are the (Chicago) Bulls so I feel no obligation to choose,” Obama said.
At game two of the NBA Finals Obama received a standing ovation waving back “thank you.”
Stephen Curry scored 23 points and Klay Thompson 25 points, while Draymond Green nearly recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. DeMarcus Cousins chipped in 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Kawhi Leonard put up 34 points and 14 rebounds in another impressive performance to lead the Raptors, and Fred VanVleet continued his strong play with 17 points.
This is a big win for the Golden State Warriors since records indicate home teams that had gone up 2-0 in 2-2-1-1-1 series went on to win 93.7 percent of the time. Road teams that evened up a series in game two have gone on to win 34.9 percent.
Obama’s strong connections with the Golden State Warriors, especially star player Curry may have had something to do with game two. We might not know. Curry has played golf with Obama and is a donor to the Obama Foundation.
The Toronto Raptors had the best of the Golden State Warriors in game one of the NBA Finals with a 118-109 victory at Scotiabank Arena. Getting a taste of the NBA Finals took the Raptors 24 years, playing the first and second NBA Finals outside the US.
In game one Pascal Siakam paced Toronto with 32 points on an extremely efficient 14-of-17 shooting performance while also securing a team-high eight rebounds.
The Golden State Warriors had no answer for the Raptors inside Siakam and Marc Gasol combined to score 52 points and were very active on the defensive end.
In game two the Golden State Warriors played a championship game of guts, although plagued with injuries, unwilling to quit. No Kevin Durant. Klay Thompson in the fourth quarter. Kevon Looney out with a chest contusion and Curry under the weather…welcome to Canada!
Game two was a missed opportunity for the Toronto Raptors. A better team in the first half but allowed the Golden State Warriors to stick-around.
The Toronto Raptors run to the NBA Finals has been especially rewarding for fans, the City of Toronto and many Hockey fans converting to Basketball. Game three is Wednesday, June 5, at the Oracle Arena — Oakland, California.