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Raptors get taste of what it will take to beat Warriors in Game 2 loss

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TORONTO – The Splash Brothers-era Golden State Warriors were in unfamiliar territory when they arrived in Toronto. Not only were they not playing an NBA Finals in Cleveland for the first time in four years, they headed into the second game of the series at risk of going down 2-0 for the first time as well.

Now they head home to Oakland feeling – perhaps – like order has been restored after a 109-104 win that was hard fought but which the Warriors seemed to control for most of the last three quarters. After having two days to bask in striking the first blow in their best-of-seven NBA Finals on Thursday – a nation of basketball fans old and new soaking it up right along with them — the Toronto Raptors got a full taste of what it will take to beat the veteran club gunning for its fourth championship in five years.

Short answer: A Lot.

The Raptors grinded, however. You have to give them that. Down 10 with 5:39 to play they held Golden State scoreless for the next 5:33 – an incredible feat. The only problem was Toronto could only muster five free throws over the same stretch until a Danny Green triple with 26 seconds to play cut the Warriors’ lead to 106-104. But an Andre Iguodala triple with 5.9 seconds left put the game on ice.

Dropping the game at home means Toronto now has to play three of the next five games on the road while the Warriors are hoping to get two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant back in Game 3 or 4.

The game was played at a relatively slow pace and each team got to the foul line in big numbers. The track meet that is always lurking when playing the Warriors and which the Raptors wouldn’t mind getting into at least selectively never materialized as the game was played in the half-court, was physical with hard screens and had as much grabbing and holding as the refs would let them get away with.

They may have been differing interpretations........

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