Warriors are in trouble down 3-1 in NBA Finals

Photos by Gerome Wright   (Martinez News-Gazette)

The Golden State Warriors may never play another game at Oracle Arena, the concrete relic they call home, but that is suddenly a secondary concern at best for the N.B.A.’s reigning but reeling champions.

The Toronto Raptors moved to the brink of their first N.B.A. championship Friday night by outlasting the favored Warriors, 105-92, in a Game 4 slog. Fueled by a Golden State-style haymaker in the third quarter, Toronto seized a three games-to-one series lead to take back to Canada for Monday night’s Game 5.

The Warriors and their fans, who have reveled in three N.B.A. titles in the past four seasons, understood what was at stake on this night perhaps better than anyone else. A three games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven finals has led to 33 titles in 34 prior finals series. The only exception: Golden State’s loss against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

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