Warriors Takeaways: What We Learned in 114-110 Game 6 Loss to Raptors


OAKLAND -- Oracle Arena's grand finale was supposed to end on a high note. 

The Toronto Raptors made sure that wasn't the case, beating the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, securing the first championship north of the border in NBA History. 

Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam combined for 74 points as the Raptors celebrated on the Warriors floor for the final basketball game ever at Oracle Arena. 

In the process, Toronto overcame a battered Warriors team missing Kevin Durant, sending the former champs into what promises to be an entertaining offseason. 

Here are the takeaways from Game 6. 

Toronto's Big 3 arrives 

Kyle Lowry's postseason performance has been much maligned throughout his career. On Thursday, he reversed that narrative, finishing with 26 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. 

Lowry had help, as Kawhi Leonard poured in 22 points of his own, adding six rebounds and three assists. Meanwhile, Pascal Siakam replicated his Game 1 performance, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. 

For much of the series, the Raptors have relied heavily on their starting lineup, putting immense pressure on Siakam, Lowry and Leonard. With a championship on the line, the trio came through.

Klay Day

Klay Thompson's past performances in Game 6's are well documented and the sharpshooter added to that lore Thursday, scoring 30 points, including four 3-pointers. 

Thompson got going early, scoring 18 points in the first half, keeping Golden State in a game they were severely outmanned. 
Thursday's performance ended prematurely when Thompson went down with a left knee injury. After getting carried off the court, he returned to the game minutes later to shoot free throws, keeping his eligibility intact. However, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game and left the arena on crutches. 

Draymond does it all

Long considered the "heartbeat" of the Warriors, Green usually provides a gauge on how Golden State will perform on a nightly basis. In Game 6, he did just that, finishing with 11 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists, but nine turnovers, including a timeout called in the final seconds when the Warriors had none, sealing the outcome.

After a rough regular season, Green returned to his all-star form in the postseason, averaging nearly a triple-double. 

In Game 6, he guarded Leonard, initiated the offense and provided Golden State's edge for most of the night.

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