SportsPulse: What was once thought to be an impossible task is now reality: The Toronto Raptors have won the NBA Championship, dethroning the Warriors.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State’s run of injuries to star players continued in the third quarter of Game 6 when star guard Klay Thompson’s left knee appeared to buckle in an awkward landing after a contested dunk attempt with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Thompson remained down for a few minutes in significant pain, clutching at his leg. He was helped into the tunnel and headed for the locker room, but came back to shoot the free throws to put the Warriors ahead 85-80.
Thompson then left the game immediately after the foul shots with 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting overall and 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game, was shown leaving Oracle Arena on crutches, and the team later said he was diagnosed with a torn ACL.
Thompson, one of the Splash Brothers, scored 30 points, including four 3-pointers, before he exited. Stephen Curry was limited down the stretch with four fouls.
Golden State has already played all but 11 minutes of this series without Kevin Durant, who tore his Achilles in Game 5. Thompson sat out of Game 3 with a hamstring injury.