NBA Finals 2019: 18-0 Warriors run ‘really killed us,’ Kawhi Leonard says

Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter “killed” the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals.

Toronto led 59-54 at halftime Sunday, but an 18-0 Golden State run out of the break turned around Game 2, with the reigning champions eventually winning, 109-104.

Leonard finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds but could not help the Raptors stretch their winning run in the playoffs to six games, a sequence that included their four straight victories over the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.

“I feel like in that third quarter we didn’t score the ball in the first five minutes, maybe four and a half minutes. That obviously led to them getting out in transition early and a lot of layups and open looks. That was pretty much the game right there,” the three-time All-Star told reporters.

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