THE Toronto Raptors showed they belong in the NBA Finals, frustrating the Golden State Warriors, 118-109, to draw first blood in the title series on Friday, Manila time at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Pascal Siakam shone brightest, scattering a playoff career-high 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal in 40 minutes to lead the Raptors to the Game One victory.
Kawhi Leonard made just five of his 14 attempts but still finishined with 23 points, on top of eight rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 43 minutes.
Game Two of the best-of-seven series is on Monday also in Toronto.
Steph Curry led the Warriors with 32 points, five boards, five assists, and one steal, while Draymond Green registered a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, but committed six turnovers.
Demarcus Cousins suited up for the Warriors, but played just eight minutes and scored three points.