The NBA Finals came down to the Warriors' last possession, and they fell just short.
The Toronto Raptors held on for a 114-110 win in Game 6 on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, thanks to a wild sequence on Golden State's offensive end.
The Warriors had a chance to take the lead with 9.6 seconds remaining. Andre Iguodala inbounded the ball to Draymond Green in the post, and he then kicked a pass to an open Steph Curry for a catch-and-shoot 3-point attempt. Golden State trailed 111-110, and Curry fired the shot with the chance to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in the best-of-seven series.
Curry's shot fell short on the right side of the rim, but Kawhi Leonard could not cleanly haul in the ensuing rebound. Green dove for and came up with the loose ball in a last-ditch effort with under a second remaining. But he, Iguodala and Quinn Cook called a timeout that the Warriors did not have, and Golden State was assessed a technical foul.
The clock surely would have run out had a timeout not been called, but the moment nonetheless evoked then-Michigan forward Chris Webber doing the same in the 1993 national championship against North Carolina.
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The Warriors were only in position to take the lead because of a defensive stop on the preceding possession. With 18.5 seconds remaining, the Warriors opted not to foul the Raptors off the inbound pass. Curry joined Iguodala to double-team Leonard, who then passed the ball to Danny Green. As Green closed out, Green threw the ball away and gave the Warriors life.
But Golden State couldn't take advantage, and Toronto clinched its first NBA championship.