Toronto could’ve won title in Game 5

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Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) drives to the net between Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14), left, and center Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals basketball game in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP, Pool)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The NBA says Toronto’s Marc Gasol should have been given two free throws with 49 seconds left of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, a game that the Raptors lost to Golden State by one point.

Gasol was fouled by the Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins on a drive, the NBA said in its Last Two Minute Report that was issued Tuesday. Gasol missed the shot and tumbled to the floor, but no foul was called.

Golden State led 106-103 at the time. The Warriors wound up prevailing 106-105, staving off elimination and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday night.

The NBA said Cousins moved into Gasol, “initiating contact that affects his driving shot attempt.”

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