For the first half of Friday night’s Game 4 NBA Finals game, it looked like the Golden State Warriors were going to just about be healthy enough to defeat the Toronto Raptors and even up the series at two games apiece. But Kawhi Leonard had a wholly different idea and would come out of the locker room after half time on a mission. He and the Raptors had played poorly in the first half, but they only trailed by four.
That gave them all the ammunition down the stretch as they ended up running away and hiding with a 105-92 win that puts them on the brink of an NBA title. Leonard scored 36 points in all, but it was the third quarter that set the tone for the remainder of the game, with him putting in 17 of those in that period alone. Two three-pointers scored over Draymond Green had began the second half, and that instantly overturned the lead the Warriors had and helped propel the Raptors toward a win that puts them on the brink. Should they win back in Toronto on Monday in Game 5, they will be champions, much to the surprise of a few out there! But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you do it. Winning is winning, whether you beat a team that is fully healthy or not.