This is the shameful moment Toronto Raptors fans cheered Kevin Durant’s horrorific Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, forcing embarrassed players from both sides to plead with the crowd to be quiet.
Durant, 30, had missed the previous nine playoff games with an injured calf but put his body on the line to return for his team, who were 3-1 down in the series and facing defeat to a Raptors team on the brink of their first ever NBA Championship.
But following a bright start, in which he scored 11 points, Durant crumpled to the floor clutching his right ankle before being lifted by teammates and limping off the court — prompting Raptors super-fan Drake to reach out to console the stricken forward, recognizing the seriousness of the injury.
NBA fans were left disgusted however, when Raptors supporters inside the Scotiabank Arena began cheering the sight of Golden State’s injured talisman, despite players such as Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam trying to silence them.
The poor sportsmanship from the fans led to an outpouring of anger on social media, with fans flocking to condemn Raptors supporters for their vile cheering.
After the win, an emotional Warriors general manager Bob Myers announced that Durant had suffered an Achilles injury. He is expected to have an MRI on Tuesday.
Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Klay Thompson added 26 as the Warriors thwarted a comeback by the Raptors, who narrowly missed capturing their first NBA title.
The Splash Brothers, Curry and Thompson, combined for three straight three-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd.
‘Prayers up to KD,’ said Curry, who led all scorers Monday.
‘He gave us what he could and we hope he makes a speedy recovery. He sacrificed his body for us and I just feel bad for him.
‘I’ve got a lot of emotions right now. It’s crazy.’
Even Drake appeared to give Durant some encouraging words and patted him on the back as the 6ft 9in star walked back to the locker room during the second quarter.
The 32-year-old Canadian rapper has a #35 Durant tattoo on his left arm next to a #30 tattoo for his teammate Stephen Curry.
The Toronto native in September 2013 was announced as the ‘global ambassador’ for the Raptors.
He joined the home crowd as the arena sang the Canadian National Anthem together before the game.
The Warriors won 106-105 and will host Game Six on Thursday at the last game in Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. If the Warriors win, a decisive Game Seven will be played Sunday in Toronto.
Golden State is the only team to lose a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, when Cleveland came back to win in 2016.