Raptors crush shorthanded Warriors, take 2-1 Finals lead
June 5 (Reuters) - The Toronto Raptors defeated a shorthanded Golden State Warriors sqaud 123-109 in Oakland on Wednesday to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.
The Raptors won behind a balanced attack that saw five players score in double digits and timely defensive stops, including five blocks by forward Serge Ibaka.
The Raptors overcame a 47-point performance by Warriors point guard Stephen Curry - a playoff career high - but it was not enough for the two-time defending champions.
Warriors were forced to play without starting shooting guard Klay Thompson, who injured his hamstring in Game Two, and two-times Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who has been sidelined with a right calf strain since May 8.
The Warriors were also without backup big man Devon Looney, who suffered a fracture in Game Two and has been ruled out for the remainder of the series.
Game Four is on Friday in Oakland. (Reporting by Rory Carroll; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)