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Raptors win first NBA championship, beat Warriors 114–110

Meredith Bond | posted Friday, Jun 14th, 2019

For the first time in franchise history, the Raptors are NBA champions.

It was a nail-biter in Oakland, but the Raptors pulled out a 114-110 win over Golden State Warriors in Game 6.

Toronto has become the first team outside the United States to win an NBA title and is the first championship for a major Toronto sports franchise since the Blue Jays in 1993.

Kawhi Leonard captured the NBA finals MVP after leading the Raptors in points for the entire post season.

Head Coach Nick Nurse commended his team on the victory, “We did a really good job of just keeping playing. It was kind of a fitting way our whole season where something went bad, we didn’t react, we just went to the next play and we made the next play. And we got ourselves a championship.”

Veteran Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakim both had 26 points to lead the Raptors to victory, VanVleet had 22, while Kawhi Leonard has 19.

Klay Thompson had a game-leading 30 points, but left the game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury. The Warriors say Thompson will not return after suffering a left knee injury.

Kyle Lowry led the way for a strong start for the Raptors, scoring all of Toronto’s first 11 points. Siakim contributed beyond the arc as well, hitting two three-pointers shortly after.

The Raptors led 17-12 through the first five minutes of Game 6. The Warriors were quick to catch up, taking their first lead with just over two minutes left in the first, 27-26.

It’s was a back-and-forth match up with 16 lead changes.

Toronto has 13 three-pointers in Game 6 and are shooting just under 40 per cent from beyond the arc – a far cry from their performance on Monday.

This will be the last game played at Oracle Arena, as the Warriors move to San Francisco for the 2019 and 2020 NBA season.

Toronto had been anxiously waiting for the second shot at their first title after the Warriors beat the Raptors by one point on Monday night in Game 5.

The threat of thunderstorms had Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment contemplating whether to allow fans in and instead open up Scotiabank Arena for a viewing party, but say the weather forecast will keep people outside.

MLSE adds they will continue to monitor the weather and Scotiabank Arena will be used as a contingency plan if conditions “impact the safety of our fans.”

Mayor John Tory and Raptors Global Ambassador Drake both joined the crowd at Jurassic Park, showing their support here in Toronto.

Tory predicted a Raptors win tonight and praised fans at all the different Jurassic Parks across the GTA.

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