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Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard lead Raptors over Warriors in Game 1

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Connor Grott
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) falls to the ground during Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) falls to the ground during Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE

May 30 (UPI) -- Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard guided the Toronto Raptors to a 118-109 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Siakam exploded for a playoff career-high 32 points and Leonard scored 23 points as the Raptors grabbed a 1-0 series lead. With the victory, Toronto won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S.

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"Their defense was great and it wasn't our best night," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters. "We just got out-played. Simple as that."

The Raptors, making their first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, controlled the pace and held the lead for a majority of the contest against a Golden State team that is playing in its fifth straight Finals.

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Siakam heated up in the third quarter, scoring 14 of his 32 points in the frame. The Raptors took an 88-81 lead into the fourth and managed to fend off the dangerous shooting abilities of Warriors star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.



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Toronto veteran center Marc Gasol had 20 points and seven rebounds before he fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Reserve guard Fred VanVleet recorded 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Raptors sharpshooter Danny Green added 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting from deep. Star point guard Kyle Lowry struggled in the contest, registering only seven points on 2-of-9 shooting, with nine assists and six boards.

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Curry had a game-high 34 points with five rebounds and five assists. Thompson recorded 21 points and five boards. Draymond Green notched a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Game 2 is Sunday night in Toronto.

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