Toronto Raptors became the first Canadian team in 26 years to win NBA Championship, beating Golden State Warriors 114-110
Toronto Raptors finally got their holy grail as they beat the Warriors to win their first NBA title. The title also became the first NBA title won in Canada in 26 years. The Raptors defeated the two-time champion 114-110 at Oracle Arena in Oakland in Game 6 of 2019 finals to lift the much-coveted title.
Game 6 finals MVP award went to Kawhi Leonard, who had 22 points. That was his second award; he won the first when he was still with the Spurs.
Thursday’s success rounded off a dazzling playoff run for the Raptors.
The Toronto side had earlier in the season defeated Orlando Magic, the Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers before heading to the Finals to play the Warriors.
Winning the NBA title in 2019 was a set goal for the Raptors by their president, Masai Ujiri. They added Kawhi Leonard from Spurs and Danny Green in return for Demar DeRozan. Marc Gasol later added to the list in February.
The Toronto side began perfectly in the first quarter and at one were leading by nine points. Kyle Lowry scored four three-pointers, and Pascal Siakam added two more.
Although the second quarter was eventful, with both teams leading at some points, the Raptors led the half with three points.
It was a victory for the Warriors in the third quarter. However, Klay Thompson, who sunk 30 points, was withdrawn because of a knee injury. The medical team quickly assessed him before returning to join the game. He shot two free throws on a foul after coming on but was later withdrawn for a further check on his injury.
Although both teams were tied in the last quarter, it was the raptors that ended up as the winner.
At last, the Raptors demonstrated a more grounded force in Game 6. The Raptors scored 12 three-pointers, which was two more than scored all through Game 5.
Lowry wound up scoring 26 while Siakam got 26. Fred VanVleet scored 22.
The team faced many changes before winning the 2019 NBA finals, one which was the appointment of Nick Nurse at the start of the season after firing Dwane Casey.
It was much celebration in Canada. A large number of fans were in the street celebrating the victory. Other cities in the Toronto region held viewing parties on Thursday and throughout the NBA Finals.
2019 finals became the first in five years that did involve both the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers also, the first in 8 years to not feature LeBron James.