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Tense Game 5 brings out good, bad and ugly side of NBA fans on social media

The hype for the historic head-to-head matchup between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors dominated the internet.

Game 5 was an ultimatum for both teams, with the Raptors one game away from making history and the Golden State Warriors on the brink of extinction.

The excitement started days before the game, with fans pitching tents on the sidewalks of Toronto to guarantee their spot into Jurassic Park, the city’s outdoor plaza where fans gather by the thousands to watch the games.

Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri took notice, visiting the basketball buffs.

But the love for Canada’s players spilled out into the streets in other ways.

Fans waited from the morning of the game, enduring a heavy downpour and soggy conditions, but those who endured the storm got a special treat in a giant dance party and helping former NBA star Jalen Rose crowd surf.

Some rebellious visitors also didn’t mind get rained on — by jeers.

As the game drew near, patriotic fans sang O Canada multiple times.

They were joined by all of the celebrities in the audience including Eugene Levy, Wayne Gretzky, P.K. Subban, Richard Branson, Eugenie Bouchard and others.

Some Raptors greats including Chris Bosh, Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter also watched the game.

And the Raptor’s biggest fans — Nav Bhatia, nicknamed the super fan and Toronto rapper, Drake.

Fans worried about Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant making his long-awaited return on the court and analysts knew he would be the Warriors’ key to victory.

The Raptors were struggling against the team, but the momentum shifted when Durant re-injured his leg and left the game — to the delight of some fans and dismay of others.

The reaction to the injury sparked a bitter social media fire storm.

But the tone of the online threads and game changed as the Raptors began to slowly force the Warrior’s lead into extinction.

The jurassic drama intensified with the game being down to three points in the final 60 seconds of the fourth quarter.

But the war games went to Golden State, snatching Game 5 by one point.

The electric fans in the arena seemingly lost all power, leaving the arena stunned and silent.

Game 6 is on Thursday when Toronto will get another shot at becoming the NBA Champions.

Twitter: @bobbyhristova

E-mail: bhristova@postmedia.com

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