A two-time Finals MVP, Durant made his return to the 2019 NBA Playoffs Monday, contributing 11 points and two rebounds in 12 minutes, giving his team a shot in the arm that helped lead to a 106-105 win.
He needed help to get up and then help to get to the locker room.
FanDuel got a $500 bet on Durant to win the award, and as more bets came in, his odds were lowered to 14-1, said the sportsbook's director of trading, John Sheeran.
Three-point shooting was the difference in Game 5, with the Warriors shooting 20 for 42 while the Raptors have hit just eight three-pointers, shooting just over 30 per cent. At the end of the day, we're all brothers and it's a small brotherhood and you never want to see a competitor like him go down.
That tale will be told later. After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr thanked the Raptors for doing that.
Several other communities outside of Toronto held watch parties along with pretty much every restaurant and bar with a television. You don't know what the circumstances are.
After a Kyle Lowry score, the Raptors had one last opportunity to steal the title but a superb Draymond Green block denied Lowry a three-pointer on the buzzer. The team will learn today just how severe the injury is but it's believed he tore it, which means he's done for this season and most of next.
With about five minutes remaining, it looked like the tide had turned very hard in the Raptors direction.
Leonard led the way for the Raptors with 26 points and 11 boards.
Somewhere they were polishing up the Larry O'Brien trophy in anticipation of a presentation.
An empty possession by the Raptors in which somehow Leonard gave up the ball and didn't get it back started it.
The relief was tempered, however, by the loss of Durant, who had just returned to the court from a calf problem after missing nine play-off games, and suffered a right Achilles tendon injury that left him unable to continue. One more win and the championship trophy would be hoisted in Canada for the first time.
Game 6 is scheduled for Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
"It's a team full of heart", said Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins, who spent a year recovering from an Achilles injury that denied him a monster contract last summer and saw him sign with Golden State on a mid-level deal.