SportsPulse: Much will be made about the demise of the Warriors dynasty and the absence of Kevin Durant, but it is time to give props to the Toronto Raptors. They look and are playing like champions.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard has an assassin’s vengeance, and the Golden State Warriors are on the receiving end of the karmic fury Leonard has unleashed.
Another dominant 30-point performance from Leonard. Another Raptors victory, and now the Raptors are one win from their first NBA championship in franchise history. Leonard is also one win from his second title and his second Finals MVP.
Leonard had 36 points, 12 rebounds and four steals as the Raptors defeated Golden State 105-92 in Game 4 on Friday, taking a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
“Obviously he’s playing great,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said, “and he’s lifted us a lot of times with big buckets or runs of buckets or just that settling bucket when the place is going crazy and he’ll calmly sink one to kind of quiet the crowd.”
That’s exactly what happened to start the third quarter. Toronto trailed Golden State 46-42 at halftime, and in a 16-second span early in the third quarter,…