The Toronto Raptors will have to wait for Game 6 for the chance to be crowned NBA champions after a Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors 106-105.
The Warriors hung onto their lead for most of the game, but the Raptors refused to go without a fight, going up 103-97 with just under four minutes left in the game.
Kawhi Leonard led the charge, scoring 10 points furiously in the final minutes of the game, adding to his team-leading 26 points.
Stephen Curry lead the scoring both teams with 31 points, while Klay Thompson scored 26.
It was truly a team effort by the Raptors, with six players scoring in the double digits: Kyle Lowry had 18 points, Marc Gasol scored 17, Serge Ibaka with 15, Pascal Siakim had 12 and Fred VanFleet contributed 11.
The Raptors will head back into enemy territory for Game 6 to the Oracle Arena on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET. Toronto leads the series three games to two.
Three-point shooting was the difference in Game 5, with the Warriors shooting 20 for 42 while the Raptors have hit just eight three-pointers, shooting just over 30 per cent.
Kevin Durant returned to playoff action in Monday night’s game after being sidelined for several games with a right calf injury. He looked to be in good shape in the first quarter, combining with Stephen Curry for 25 of the Warriors 34 points.
However, Durant left the game at the beginning of the second quarter with an apparent leg injury. Some Raptors fans appeared to cheer when Durant went down, but the majority of the crowd chanted “KD, KD, KD” as he was helped off the floor and into the locker room.
Video posted on social media appeared to show Durant suffered an Achilles tendon injury and the Warriors confirmed he would not return for the rest of the game due to a right lower leg injury.
Toronto trailed by as much as 11 points during the second quarter, but were able to close the lead due to a 13-3 run with just over 30 seconds remaining in the half, sparked by a technical foul on Draymond Green.
Both teams found themselves in foul trouble early in the game with both Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Fleet starting the second half with three fouls each. Draymond Green of the Warriors also has three fouls.
Golden State led at the end of the first quarter 34-28 as well. Pascal Siakim gave Toronto their first lead with just under four minutes left in the first quarter at 23-21, but the Warriors were able to crawl back to end the quarter.
An extremely packed Jurassic Park trickled out slowly from the square following the loss, but several told CityNews they still remain hopeful for Game 6.
The NBA chose to forego an anthem singer for O Canada, choosing instead to let the fans sing the Canadian national anthem. Fans in Jurassic Park joined in as well.
Of course, Raptors Global Ambassador Drake is present at the game, alongside several prominent athletes were on hand to cheer on Toronto including former Raptor Vince Carter, Wayne Gretzky, Jose Bautista and multiple Maple Leaf players.
Several other communities outside of Toronto held watch parties along with pretty much every restaurant and bar with a television.
A play-by-play of Game 5 can be found here:
CityNews and 680 NEWS reporters were stationed at the Scotiabank Arena, in Jurassic Park and across the country.
CityNews and 680 NEWS reporters tweeted about the game from across the country: