Warriors stay alive with thrilling game five win over Raptors but devastated over Durant injury

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Published on June 11, 2019 - Duration: 01:37s

Warriors stay alive with thrilling game five win over Raptors but devastated over Durant injury

The Golden State Warriors stay alive with thrilling 106-105 NBA Finals game five win over the Toronto Raptors but devastated over Kevin Durant Achilles injury

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Warriors stay alive with thrilling game five win over Raptors but devastated over Durant injury

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (JUNE 10, 2019) (NBA TV - BROADCASTERS AND DIGITAL: MUST COURTESY 'NBA TV') 1.

INTERIOR SCOTIABANK ARENA - WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR WALKING INTO POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER 106-105 WIN OVER RAPTORS 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) WARRIORS HEAD COACH STEVE KERR SAYING: "I don't think that I can, honestly, I just told the team I didn't know what to say because on the one hand I'm so proud of them, just the amazing heart and grit that they showed, and on the other I'm just devastated for Kevin (Durant), and so it's a bizarre feeling that we all have right now.

An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time." 3.

WARRIORS PLAYER STEPH CURRY AT POSTGAME NEWS CONFERENCE 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) WARRIORS PLAYER STEPH CURRY SAYING: "Everybody gets so wrapped up in chasing championships and the greatness that you see on the floor but life is more important in terms of caring about an individual and what they're going through on a daily basis and you see, I mean the committment and the challenges and just the, what's been thrown at KD, you know this whole year really, and he gave us what he had, he went out there and sacrificed his body and we know how it turned out so a part of our mentality, like the experiences, the shared experiences we have as a team and what we've all been through, that's way more important than anything that happens out there, long term anything that happens on the court, and I just feel so bad for him, to be honest, like that's, nobody should have to go through something like that, especially with this stage that we have." STORY: The Toronto Raptors blew a late six-point lead and with it their first chance to seal a maiden NBA championship as the Golden State Warriors overcame the loss of All Star forward Kevin Durant to win Game Five 106-105 on Monday (June 10).

The Warriors, who are bidding for a third straight title, led for most of the game in Toronto and secured the win behind 20 three pointers and some gritty defence, cutting the Raptors advantage to 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

The two-time defending champions were initially energized by the return of Durant, who came back to the starting lineup after missing more than a month with a right calf strain.

Durant made a trio of three pointers and scored 11 points but appeared to reinjure the leg in the second quarter while pivoting with the ball.

He had to be helped back to the locker room by Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and the team's medical staff and was later seen leaving the arena on crutches.

The Warriors later said Durant had injured his Achilles and would have an MRI scan on Tuesday.

After trailing for most of the game, the Raptors took the lead in the fourth quarter as Kawhi Leonard helped put the franchise on the brink of its first championship.

The Raptors led by six with about three minutes to play but the Warriors finished the game on a 9-2 run that included three pointers by Curry and Klay Thompson to extend the series.

Game Six is on Thursday in Oakland.

(Production: David Grip)

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