Behind a playoff career-high 32 points (14-17 FG, 82.4%), 8 rebounds and 5 assists from Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2019 NBA Finals Presented by YouTube TV by a final score of 118-109. Siakam is the 7th player in NBA Finals history to score 30+ points on 80% shooting or better.
Per ESPN, “I think obviously getting some easy buckets in transition, something that I haven’t really been able to do all playoffs, and I think just being able to run and getting easy baskets at the rim,” Siakam said when asked what keyed his Game 1 performance. “And then, from there, just playing, just playing whatever defense gives me. That’s why I always say, kind of play off of that and whatever is open, just taking it with confidence and believing in myself.”