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Warriors survive to see Game 6 of the NBA Finals

TORONTO (HOI) — The Golden State Warriors are sending the NBA Finals back to Oakland following a flurry of late 3-pointers.

The Warriors trailed by six with about three minutes left until Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson nailed three straight from beyond the arc to lead a 106-105 victory over the Raptors in Game 5 at Toronto.

Lots of Warriors fans came out to The Bullpen bar in Peoria to watch ‘The Pride of Peoria’, Shaun Livingston. Livingston, #34, graduated from Peoria High in 2004 and resurrected his career after a devastating knee injuring in 2007.

For many Peoria sports bars, a local kid playing keeps the fans close.

“I feel like a lot of people like the Warriors, because they like to support local guys. Which I totally understand, Shaun Livingston is a Peoria boy, and Peoria is a basketball city,” said Josh Jenkins, manager at the Bullpen Bar & Grill.

It’s possible this is Livingston’s last week of professional basketball, but no one knows for sure yet.

Shaun Livingston at Peoria hoops camp in July, 2018.

As for the rest of the game, Curry finished with 31 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, while Thompson added 26 points and six boards to help Golden State overcome another injury to All-Star forward Kevin Durant.

The Warriors got off to a strong start, draining their first five 3-point attempts and building a 13-point lead. Durant hit three from downtown and had 11 points before getting hurt again with about two minutes gone in the second quarter. Durant grabbed the back of his leg, appeared to reach below the calf and more toward the Achilles area before heading to the locker room and out of the arena.

Durant missed the Warriors’ previous nine games with a strained calf and wasn’t cleared to practice until after Game 4.

Without Durant, the Warriors allowed the Raptors to take the lead in the fourth quarter before Golden State revived its quest for a third straight championship.

The Raptors had a chance to pull out the win, but Kyle Lowry’s 3-point attempt was way off the mark to deny Toronto of its first NBA crown.

This is the 5th straight final for the Golden State Warriors.

Molly Jirasek

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