Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Raptors dethrone Warriors for first National Basketball Association title

Raptors dethrone Warriors for first National Basketball Association title

The exhilaration of winning an National Basketball Association championship now turns to an offseason of uncertainty for the Toronto Raptors. "And I'll have to think about that later", he said. "This is awesome man", said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry.

There were moments in Thursday night's game 6 where it felt a lot like the previous game, back home in Toronto. "We brought it home".

The 2019 NBA Finals were memorable in a number of ways, from highly influential injuries to stellar basketball played at the highest levels of the sport.

The Raptors won the best-of-seven series 4-2, with Kawhi Leonard named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after averaging 28.5 points.

Leonard's 732 points over the course of these 24 playoff games sit third on the league's all-time record list for total points in one postseason.

"I have to enjoy this with my teammates and coaches". Thompson did end up knocking down both free throws to give the Warriors an 85-80 lead late in the third quarter.

"It was heck of a 12 months", Toronto head coach Nick Nurse said after his side clinched a first title in their 24-year history. "They didn't seem like this was wearing on them at all".

Now that the Finals are over, Drake and players on the Golden State Warriors can go back to being buddies. How has this group of guys put themselves in position to do it?' And then, as I said, when Klay goes down and is out for the game, it's just sort of a, 'You gotta be kidding me. After Kevin Durant's injury, with Steph Curry struggling, the Warriors just refused to go away. "I don't know if it's related to five straight seasons of playing a hundred plus games and just all the wear and tear, but it's devastating".

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Kawhi Leonard made the free throw and the game was over. In Toronto, rapper Drake - the team's global ambassador - partied with revellers outside the Scotiabank Arena.

We've all talked about the mental toughness of this Raptors team, and their ability to find answers, and it was the Warriors doing that in games five and six, it seemed.

"We'll be thinking about this one, it's tough".

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