Raptors braced for big response from Warriors in NBA Finals

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The Toronto Raptors look to a take a 2-0 series lead when they face the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena (8 p.m., ABC). The Canadian franchise maintained their lead throughout the game and did give the reigning champions to mount a comeback and wrapped it up 118-109. Going back to the 1975 Finals, the Warriors had won Game 1 of the title matchup in each of their last five appearances in the series.

Though the country is buzzing with excitement over the Toronto Raptors' spot in the NBA Finals, watching the game isn't as easy as turning on the television for some young Torontonians.

Last Saturday they broke the record set May 12 in Game 7 of their second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Toronto Raptors got a little boost on Thursday with the return of Patrick McCaw.

Brothers was trending on Twitter in Toronto for much of the Warriors' win, which tied the best-of-seven series up at 1-1.

Pierce, who caused plenty of controversy with some off-court antics before and after helping the Washington Wizards sweep the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 playoffs, is now working for ESPN and picked Toronto to win in six games against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Following the Raptors' 109-104 loss to the visiting Golden State Warriors, Brothers' Wikipedia page was changed briefly and read "Tony Brothers is a bad American professional basketball referee, who works in the National Basketball Association and hates the Toronto Raptors team".

Fred VanVleet scored 17 points for the Raptors, who had red T-shirts with their slogan "We The North" hanging on seats around the arena.

Game 2 was decided at the start of the third-quarter, when the Warriors went on an 18-0 run to reclaim the lead.

"It is tricky out there", the coach said. Moreover, for his last four championships, every team he beat had won more than 62 regular season games. "So still a lot of basketball to be played".

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"Our goal was to get one and it's still on the table for us", Thompson said.

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard bounced back from an underwhelming Game 1 performance.

With the crowd on their feet, Toronto's Danny Green drained a three-pointer to pull the Raptors to within two points with 26 seconds to play but the Warriors responded when Andrew Iguodala drilled a clutch three with seven seconds left to seal the win.

"I think we have a good chance", he said. They raced out to a strong start in Game 1 and kept their foot on the throttle. The Toronto-Pierce feud started before the series when he told ESPN in an interview that "I don't feel [the Raptors] have the "it" that makes you anxious".

Klay Thompson scored 11 of Golden State's first 13 points, but picked up his second foul with 4:27 left in the opening quarter.

"We are so proud", said Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

Punj said while he loves the excitement of Raptors fans, being in a packed audience to watch the game outdoors isn't for him.

They could get a bigger lift on Sunday night if OG Anunoby is cleared for takeoff.

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