SHOWS: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JUNE 5, 2019) (NBA TV - BROADCASTERS AND DIGITAL: MUST COURTESY 'NBA TV') 1.
INTERIOR ORACLE ARENA - RAPTORS PLAYER KAWHI LEONARD AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 2.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) RAPTORS PLAYER KAWHI LEONARD SAYING: "Feels good, I mean I don't think about what happened two years ago (injury while with Spurs), pretty much living in the now and I'm just happy we were able to get a game three win and another step closer to our goal." 3.
RAPTORS PLAYER DANNY GREEN AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 4.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) RAPTORS PLAYER DANNY GREEN SAYING: "You know guys played hard, guys made shots, we, you know, did the little things and at the end of the day, like he said, the Board Man is a blue collar team and these guys did all the little things we needed to do to get a win, obviously making shots helps but rebounding, blocking shots, Serge (Ibaka) was amazing at running back, sprinting back, guys were amazing rebounding, Pascal (Siakam), Marc (Gasol) hit timely, timely buckets for us and had some timely stops and rebounds for us." 5.
WARRIORS PLAYER STEPH CURRY AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 6.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) WARRIORS PLAYER STEPH CURRY SAYING: "I mean we fought but we lost so we gotta go back to the drawing board and just recalibrate for game four.
It's kind of been like a rollercoaster type of series these first three games and I like the things that we saw tonight that we can make adjustments on and protect home court on Friday so, we're gonna compete no matter what happens, you can count on that, so." 7.
WARRIORS PLAYER DRAYMOND GREEN AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 8.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) WARRIORS PLAYER DRAYMOND GREEN SAYING: "You know when you assemble a team everyone brings something different so, you know, but no one cares that guys are hurt, everybody wants to see us lose so I'm sure people are happy they're hurt, we just gotta continue to battle and win the next game, go back to Toronto win game five, come back to Oracle win game six, and then celebrate, fun times ahead." STORY: The Toronto Raptors defeated a shorthanded Golden State Warriors sqaud 123-109 in Oakland on Wednesday (June 5) to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
The Raptors won behind a balanced attack that saw five players score in double digits and timely defensive stops, including five blocks by forward Serge Ibaka.
The Raptors overcame a 47-point performance by Warriors point guard Stephen Curry - a playoff career high - but it was not enough for the two-time defending champions.
Warriors were forced to play without starting shooting guard Klay Thompson, who injured his hamstring in Game Two, and two-times Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined with a right calf strain since May 8.
The Warriors were also without backup big man Devon Looney, who suffered a fracture in Game Two and has been ruled out for the remainder of the series.
Game Four is on Friday in Oakland.
(Production: David Grip)