Inside The Box Score: 2019 NBA Finals, Game 4

06/08/2019 at 02:06am

By Brian Martin

The Toronto Raptors are one win away from their first NBA championship after defeating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday night in Oakland. The Raptors are now 3-0 at Oracle Arena this season, winning the regular season meeting in December and Games 3 and 4 of The Finals.

Let’s take a closer look at Toronto’s Game 4 win with a deep dive into the box score.

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  • Kawhi Leonard finished with a Finals career-high 36 points to go with 12 rebounds, four steals and two assists to lead the Raptors in Game 4. He shot 11-22 (50%) from the field, 55.6% (5-9) from three and 100% (9-9) from the free throw line.

  • Kawhi Leonard recorded his 14th 30-point game of the postseason in Game 4. He joins Michael Jordan (2x), Hakeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant (2x), and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history with at least that many 30-point games in a single postseason run.

  • In the past 35 years, there have been seven games in which a player finished with at least 36 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in a playoff game, including Kawhi Leonard in Game 4. It was the first such game since LeBron James in 2015; before that it was Dirk Nowitzki in 2001. The Warriors have been on the losing side of three of the past four such performances.
    - Kawhi Leonard vs GSW, 6/7/2019 (Game 4 Finals): 36 PTS, 12 REB, 4 STL
    - LeBron James vs GSW 6/9/2015 (Game 3 Finals): 40 PTS, 12 REB, 4 STL
    - Dirk Nowitzki vs SAS 5/14/2001: 42 PTS, 12 REB, 4 STL
    - Charles Barkley vs GSW 4/29/1994: 36 PTS, 18 REB, 6 STL

  • Serge Ibaka had his best game of the Finals with 20 points off the bench for the Raptors. In the first three games of the series, Ibaka scored a total of 18 points on 7-18 (38.8%) shooting. In Game 4, he finished with 20 points on 9-12 (75%) shooting.

  • The Raptors bench outscored the Warriors bench 28-18, with Serge Ibaka outscoring the Warriors reserves by himself.

  • Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka combined to shoot 20-34 from the field (58.8%), the rest of the Raptors were 16-52 (30.8%).

  • The Raptors won the third quarter for the second straight game, outscoring the Warriors 37-21 in those pivotal 12 minutes, turning a four-point deficit (46-42) into a 12-point lead (79-67). Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points on 5-8 shooting, including 2-2 from three and 5-5 from the line in the third quarter.

  • Toronto has won 13 of the 16 quarters this series; the only quarters the Warriors have won are the third quarters of Games 1 and 2 and the first quarter of Game 4.

  • After losing first quarter by six points, the Raptors outscored the Warriors in every quarter the rest of the way (+2, +16, +1).

  • The Raptors trailed by as many as 11 points in the first quarter, then led by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter for a 27-point swing in a game that featured nine lead changes and two ties.

  • Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 28 points on 11-18 FG, 6-10 3P in 42 minutes after missing Game 3 due to a hamstring injury.

  • Kevon Looney scored 10 points on 5-8 shooting, to go with six rebounds (three offensive) in 20 minutes off the bench after missing Game 3 due to a chest injury.

  • Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney combined to shoot 16-26 (61.5%) from the field in Game 4. The rest if the Warriors combined to shoot just 19-52 (36.5%).

  • Stephen Curry followed up his playoff career-high 47 points in Game 3 with 27 points in Game 4. Curry shot 9-22 from the field and just 2-9 from beyond the arc in Game 4 and also dished out six assists (second to Draymond Green's 12).

  • Both teams struggled from beyond the arc in Game 4 with Toronto shooting 10-32 (31.3%) and the Warriors shooting 8-27 (29.6%). The Warriors made eight or fewer 3-pointers 15 times this year (regular season and playoffs); they are 5-10 in those games.

  • Both teams had one player shoot well from 3-point range while the rest of the team struggled. For Toronto, Kawhi Leonard shot 5-9 (55.5%) from three, while the rest of his teammates combined to shoot 5-23 (21.7%). For Golden State, Klay Thompson shot 6-10 (60%) form three, while the rest of the Warriors shot 2-17 (11.8%, with Stephen Curry the only other Warrior to hit a 3-pointer (2-9).

  • After Danny Green and Kyle Lowry combined to shoot 11-19 from 3-point range in Game 3, that duo combined to shoot just 1-11 (9.1%) in Game 4 with Lowry missing all four of his 3-point attempts and Green going 1-7.

  • The Raptors won Game 4 by 13 points and held a nine-point edge at the free throw line. The Raptors shot 23-24 from the line compared to 14-21 for the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard is shooting 45-48 (93.8%) from the free throw line in the Finals, including a perfect 9-9 in Game 4.

  • The Warriors had scored 109 points in each of the first three games of the series and were held under 100 points in a Finals game since Game 7 of the 2016 Finals. Since their Finals run began in 2015, the Warriors are 0-6 when they are held under 100 points in the Finals, with four of those losses coming at home.

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  • Kawhi Leonard scored from all over the court in Game 4 as 33.3 percent of his points came on 2-point shots, 41.7 percent came on 3-point shots and 25.0 percent came from the free throw line.

  • The Raptors scoring in Game 4 broke down to 49.5% on 2-point shots, 28.6% on 3-point shots (their fifth lowest mark of the playoffs) and 21.9% from the free throw line (their fifth highest mark of the playoffs).

  • The Warriors scoring in Game 4 broke down to 58.7% on 2-point shots (their fourth highest mark of the playoffs), 26.1% on 3-point shots (their seventh lowest mark of the playoffs) and 15.2% from the free throw line (their eighth lowest mark of the playoffs).

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  • Kawhi Leonard (28.4%) and Serge Ibaka (27.1%) were only Raptors to post a usage rate over 20 percent.

  • The Warriors had five players with a usage rate over 20 percent, led by Klay Thompson at 32.9 percent and Stephen Curry at 32.1 percent.

  • Kawhi Leonard scored 39.1% of Toronto's point while he was on the court, with Serge Ibaka second at 37.0 percent.

  • Danny Green attempted 38.9 percent of Toronto's 3-pointers while he was on the court, he made just one of his seven attempts.

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  • The Warriors lost despite leading the game in effective field goal percentage (50.0% to 47.7%) and offensive rebound percentage (17.0% to 11.8%).

  • The Raptors held a slight edge in free throw rate (.279 to .269) and a big lead in turnover percentage (10.85 to 19.3%).

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  • The Warriors finished with eight screen assists, which led to 21 points. Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut had two screen assists apiece.

  • The Raptors held the edge in deflections 20-15 in Game 4. Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Andre Iguodala all had five to lead individual players.

  • Pascal Siakam led all players in contested shots with 18, including six 3-point shots.