Toronto Raptors win NBA finals over the Golden State Warriors
The Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship four games to two over the Golden State Warriors, with a 114-110 score. On the floor of Oakland’s Oracle Arena, the Raptors overcame a mighty, although beleaguered with injuries Warriors team. But even these circumstances do not belittle the Raptors’ first championship in their franchise history. The NBA’s only Canadian team won with a mix of gambles and good strategic decisions, which enabled them to outplay the Warriors. Toronto’s Raptors joined the NBA in November 1993, becoming its 28th franchise. In their 24 seasons of play, they have reached the playoffs 11 times. But this year was their first as finalists, after qualifying for the playoffs for the past six seasons. Their opponents, the Warriors, had won the NBA title three times in the past five seasons.
To call this win iconic isn’t stretching reality that much. Raptors fans went crazy at Jurassic Park in Toronto after the 114-110 win over Golden State. Thousands of fans had gathered to watch, and then celebrate, Toronto’s coronation. But it wasn’t just in Toronto; all over Canada, fans cheered the conquest of the Larry O’Brien Trophy as NBA Champions.
It’s not as though the Warriors didn’t put up a worthy fight. They pushed the Raptors to their ultimate fighting spirit, earning this title with gut-wrenching shots, hard-fought rebounds, never quitting until the final buzzard. No one can contest the spirit of Klay Thompson, finishing the night with 30 points, and with a knee injury forcing him out of the game with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam lead the Raptors with 26 points each. Still, the Warriors had the ball down one point with 10 seconds to play and their greatest shooter, Steph Curry, with a clean look, can send the series to a Game 7 with a three-pointer. He misses, and the rest is history.
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