Toronto Raptors Win First NBA Title in Franchise History

After Steph Curry made two free throws to cut the Golden State Warriors deficit to 111-110 with 18.5 seconds remaining, the Toronto Raptors called a timeout to advance the ball. On the ensuing possession, Toronto turned the ball over with 9.6 seconds remaining in regulation.

Golden State also advanced the ball in the front court and then Steph Curry missed an open three-pointer with eight seconds remaining. There was a lose ball after the missed shot and it went all the way to half court. Draymond Green called timeout, but they didn’t have any timeouts remaining.

The timeout was called with one second remaining and the Raptors were able to get a foul shot and the ball back. Calling an timeout with no time left is a technical foul. Kawhi Leonard made the technical foul shot. He also made two more free throws with 0.9 seconds remaining as Toronto defeated Golden State in Game 6, 114-110 to win its first title in franchise history.

Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP for the second time in his NBA Career. This is his first NBA Finals MVP since 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. A lot of people questioned his character last season and whether or not he really wanted to play basketball.

He finished with 22 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the field. Leonard also grabbed six rebounds, recorded three assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry each scored 26 points for Toronto. Siakam shot 58.8 percent from the field. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded three assists, blocked one shot, and recorded one steal. Lowry grabbed seven rebounds, recorded 10 assists, and recorded three steals.

The Toronto Raptors bench scored 37 points. Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and he made some clutch baskets in the fourth-quarter. He shot 45.5 percent from downtown. VanVleet also grabbed two rebounds, and recorded one steal.

Serge Ibaka scored 15 points on 58.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed three rebounds and recorded two assists.

The biggest story of the game for the Golden State Warriors is Klay Thompson. He scored 30 points on only 12 shots taken. Thompson was in the zone all game long, but he injured himself late in the third-quarter on a dunk attempt after Danny Green fouled him.

Klay Thompson also grabbed five rebounds and recorded three steals. He also tore his ACL in this game.

Andre Igoudala scored 22 points on 60 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed two rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

Steph Curry scored 21 points on 35.3 percent shooting from the field. He also grabbed three rebounds, recorded seven assists, blocked one shot, and recorded two steals.

Draymond Green might have been the most effective player on the floor for the Golden State Warriors with another triple-double. He scored 11 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Green also grabbed 19 rebounds and recorded 13 assists.

Golden State’s bench scored 20 points. DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 points. He shot 44.4 percent from the field. Cousins also grabbed five rebounds, recorded two assists, and blocked one shot.

This is going to be an interesting offseason ahead for both teams. There is a rumor floating around that Masai Ujiri, the general manager of the Toronto Raptors, could maybe be the next general manager of the Washington Wizards because they are expected to offer him $10 million a season if they get the permission they need from Toronto.

The Golden State Warriors might have a different looking roster next season because Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant are expected to miss the entire 2019-2020 season with injuries. They will most likely have no choice but to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins this offseason.

Golden State was unable to three-peat. That title still belongs to the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-2002.

It was also the last game at Oracle Arena and the Golden State Warriors will be moving across the bay next season and they will play their home games at the Chase Center.

The Toronto Raptors have a very good chance to repeat as NBA champions next season. Head Coach Nick Nurse did a heck of a job coaching this team after they decided to fire Dwane Casey last summer.

It is also crazy that they traded away DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green last summer and it was one of the best moves made in NBA history. There is no other way to put it.

This is one of the best stories in NBA History. The NBA Draft will be next Thursday night and NBA free agency will begin on Sunday June 30 at 6 p.m.

 

 

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