The Toronto Raptors are the champs of the NBA finals in a 114-110 win over the Golden-State Warriors. This is the Raptors first win in the franchise’s history.
During the game, the Raptors stormed out to an early lead, thanks to the play of embattled point guard Kyle Lowry, who scored Toronto’s first 11 points of the game. But the Warriors quickly responded and the teams went back and forth, racking up 14 lead changes in the first half alone.
“I can’t really think right now, this is crazy. This is awesome man,” Lowry said. “Toronto! Canada! We brought it home baby! We brought it home!”
When the final buzzer sounded, jubilant Raptors fans flooded the streets of downtown Toronto for a night of celebration not seen in the city since Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays last won a World Series title in 1993.
This was a hard loss for the Warriors who faced numerous challenges this season, such as the loss of Kevin Durant to a ruptured Achilles in Game Five.
“They’re a fantastic basketball team,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Great defensively, share the ball, play a beautiful style, a lot of great two-way players and a lot of veteran players who have been in this league contributing for a long time, so I’m very happy for them. “Winning a championship is the ultimate in this league, and they have got a lot of guys who have earned this. … They are a worthy champion.”
The loss sends the Warriors into an offseason of uncertainty given some of their top players, including Durant and Thompson, are eligible to become free agents.