Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, center, holds Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
WASHINGTON – The Toronto Raptors grabbed its first NBA title after a 114-110 victory in Game 6 of the Finals' best of seven series over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Canada's only NBA team dropped their amazing run to a remarkable 4-2 series upset that denied the Warriors a fourth championship in five years.
"I can't really think right now, this is crazy. This is awesome man," said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry. "Toronto! Canada! We brought it home baby! We brought it home!"
When the final buzzer rang, jubilant Raptors fans went to 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.
Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard, who joined the Raptors from the San Antonio Spurs last July after an injury limited his season to nine games, was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after averaging 28.5 points during the series.
Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam each had 26 points for Toronto while sharp-shooting Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who left the game with an injury in the third quarter, had 30 points.
The Warriors, who was one-foot in playing due to Kevin Durant being ruptured Achilles in Game 5, were dealt another crushing blow late in the third quarter of a tight game when Thompson came down awkwardly after a shot attempt.
Thompson, who was fouled on the play, who was also pained and headed toward the locker room but suddenly reappeared to shoot his free throws, which if he did not shoot would have made him ineligible to come back later in the game.
According to the Toronto Star, a championship parade is scheduled for Monday in Toronto. However, in the immediate aftermath of the win, Yonge St. was the place to be as people looking to party took over the street from Steeles Ave. in the north to Front St. in the south. The biggest crowds were reserved for Yonge-Dundas Square, where fireworks exploded and the size of the crowd continued to swell as fans who kept on chanting—and even cried.
“This is the best place in the world right now,” one fan reportedly screamed.