The defending champion Golden State Warriors got stunned by the Toronto Raptors in the opening game of the 2019 NBA Finals, 118-109.
The Raptors made its NBA Championship game debut but shown no intimidation against the more experienced Warriors.
Pascal Siakam ignited Toronto especially in the third quarter to prevent any comeback from the visiting team.
Siakam logged 32 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists while Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol added 23 and 20 points respectively.
Toronto dominated Game 1 and took control of the game since the first quarter. Though there are several times that Golden State kept on knocking the doors for a possible taking over of the driver seat but Kawhi Leonard and the rest of his squad able to find an answer to keep the Warriors at the tail end.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with his 34 points while Draymond Green had a triple-double output with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
DeMarcus Cousins returned to Golden State lineup after got sidelined due to an injury. Still he is far from his usual self as he only scored 3 points in just a limited basketball action.
Game 2 of the Warriors and the Raptors will resume on June 3, Monday (PHI time).
Golden State vs Toronto Box Score
Quarters: 21-25 | 28-34 | 32-29 | 28-30
Raptors (118) – Leonard 23, Siakam 32, Gasol 20, Lowry 7, Green 11, VanVleet 15, Ibaka 5, McCaw 3, Powell 2
Warriors (109) – Green 10, Iguodala 6, Bell 2, Curry 34, Thompson 21, Looney 9, Livingston 6, Cook 6, Cousins 3, Jerebko 6, McKinnie 6