The Toronto Raptors are 2018-2019 NBA champions.
With a 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, the Raptors capped a dramatic series filled with twists and turns, lifting the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time in franchise history.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY, THE TORONTO RAPTORS ARE THE NBA CHAMPS! pic.twitter.com/IUCwRDnPdd
— ESPN (@espn) June 14, 2019
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.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 14, 2019
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.
“It was a heck of a 12 months,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I just try to take things as they come. Didn’t look too far ahead. Obviously when we made some additions to the team, we thought we could be good, but we had no idea what the health status was and all those things.
“You just got to go take the guys you got and go play and manage it the best you can.”
The Warriors suffered a loss with Klay Thompson injuring his knee and leaving the stadium on crutches. It was all too familiar for the Warriors. The team was playing without two-time NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Durant, who in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was helped off the court after suffering an Achilles injury, while his team went on to win the game 106-105.
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