It was his 14th 30-point game of the postseason and third straight in the Finals.
The Raptors' biggest push came in the third period, when they finally got their offence on track and added 37 points to their 42-point halftime total while taking the lead for good.
But for Durant, he has not been able to even get a full practice in since going down with a calf strain in Game 5 against the Houston Rockets last month.
The fourth quarter got off to a precarious start, with an unintentional flailing elbow from Shaun Livingston catching VanVleet on his return to the ground.
This time, Toronto beat Golden State at its own game. "We've been on both sides of it and for us it's an opportunity to flip this whole series on its head".
Leonard's 36 points were the product of 11-for-22 shooting overall and 5-for-9 accuracy on three-pointers.
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"Home or away, we know how hard we have to play and just focus in on trying to be the hardest working team on the floor". Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 14 points, while Kevon Looney scored six points for the Warriors.
A billboard strategically placed near Oracle Arena had warned the Warriors what was coming.
However, what's going down in the NBA Finals must feel like an inordinate amount of salt inside a gaping wound for one of the proudest franchises in professional sports. He scored 27 points Friday but shot just 9-of-22 from the field and 2-of-9 from beyond the arc, hitting front rim on multiple deep attempts and missing his usual burst to the rim on drives.
About the only think Ibaka did wrong Friday night was wear tight trousers then try to take a seat next to Kyle Lowry at the postgame podium.
Playing like a desperate champion reluctant to relinquish their crown, the Warriors began with a frenetic pace and enjoyed stretches of offensive cohesion, sparked by Klay Thompson, who missed Game 3 with a strained hamstring. They were unsuccessful. The Raptors are closing in on history and the Warriors are running out of options and answers. It steeled them. Toronto got better every step of the way. For a meaningless game in November, there are thousands of fans willing to buy tickets to see their favorite players.
The MaxTron screen is 6,800 square feet and bigger than a standard NBA basketball court. And, thanks to his latest sublime showing, and yet another piece of evidence in an ever-growing number of them declaring that he has become, in fact, the best player in the world, Toronto has moved to within one win of a championship few could see coming.