Toronto Raptors win NBA Championship – Recap

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Raptors win NBA Championship 2019

Golden State Warriors 110 – 114 Toronto Raptors

TOR wins 4-2

The Toronto Raptors claimed their first NBA Championship in Game 6 on Thursday night, and they are the first team outside the US to do it.

The Raptors took the game in the end with a 114-110 for a 4-2 series victory. The game ended the 2019 championship series and was a first-time win for the Raptors, who made their NBA Finals debut in their 24th season.

With 9.6 seconds left and the Raptors up by one, 111-110, the Raptors committed a costly turnover after Danny Green threw an errant pass to Pascal Siakam. The Warriors had a chance to win when Stephen Curry attempted a three-pointer over three defenders with 0.9 seconds left, but the ball rolled out of the rim.

In a mad scramble for possession near center court, Draymond Green attempted to call a timeout, but the Warriors didnโ€™t have any remaining and were assessed a technical foul. The Raptors went on to make the free throw they were awarded, and two more after Kawhi Leonard was fouled just before the buzzer.

Kawhi Leonard, the All-Star forward Toronto acquired last summer from San Antonio, was named Finals MVP for the second time. Leonard is the third player to win the award with more than one franchise, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James.

Raptors point-guard Kyle Lowry and forward Pascal Siakam put up spectacular performances as well, each with 26 points.

โ€œCanada, we brought it home, baby. Canada, we brought it home,โ€ Kyle Lowry emphatically said after the team was presented with the Larry Oโ€™Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

Thursdayโ€™s win caps a stunning playoff run for the Raptors. Toronto defeated the Orlando Magic, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks to face off in the Finals against the two-time defending champions.

Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Raptors President Masai Ujiri set the lofty goal of securing the top NBA title. The team acquired Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs along with Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan. Marc Gasol was later added to the roster at the trade deadline in February.

As the Warriors took a lead in the third quarter, Klay Thompson โ€” who scored 30 points โ€” suffered an apparent knee injury. He was briefly assessed by doctors before returning to the court to shoot two free throws on a foul, but left right after for further assessment. Toronto and Golden State were neck and neck in the remaining quarter, but the Raptors came out on top.

In the end, the Raptors showed a stronger offensive effort in Game 6. Toronto scored 12 three-pointers โ€” two more than scored throughout Game 5. Golden State scored 10.

Thursday marked the Warriorsโ€™ final game at Oracle Arena after a 47-year run.

โ€œIt was a heck of a 12 months โ€ฆ I just try to take things as they come,โ€ coach Nurse told reporters Thursday night.

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