The Toronto Raptors are the first ever Canadian NBA champions beating the defending champions Golden State Warriors with 114-110 victory in Game 6.
As Canada’s only NBA team, the whole country showed their full support as the group competed for the title. Raptors raised a dramatic 4-2 series and denied Warriors from taking home their next championship title.
Eager to claim the trophy, the Raptors advanced to an early lead with first 11 points from Kyle Lowry who, together with Pascal Siakam contributed 52 points. However, in the hopes of tying up the match, Warriors fought back and the game went back and forth.
Raptors eventually pulled ahead as Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard, Fred VanVleet, and the other members worked together. Klay Thompson, Warriors’ sharp-shooter, left the game in the third quarter because of an injury . This gave the Raptors an advantage of getting the championship title.
As final buzzer rang, Raptors fans gathered in the streets of Toronto to celebrate the victory of their pride. This view was last seen in 1993 when the Toronto Blue Jays won a World Series title.
In spite of competing against a team with more experience in the playoffs, the Raptors remained dauntless. Every time the Warriors were ready to play their game, the former would maintain their control by using smart passes and sharp shooting.
Meanwhile, Leonard was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 NBA Finals. He garnered 22 points, 3 assists and 6 rebounds.