Oh, Canada! Toronto Raptors Beat Golden State Warriors for NBA Title


"Toronto! Canada! We brought it home baby!"

Kawhi Leonard made the free throw and the game was over.

Of course, that's not how it ended, or how it started. "This is awesome man", said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry scored the first eleven Raptors points of the game, and he was everywhere for most of the night. Or will Leonard leave and force the Raptors to choose between retooling and rebuilding?

While that was quite a haymaker for the Raptors, the Warriors were not deterred, and Klay Thompson led the way in the opening minutes.

"We did this off of love", Drake said after the game. After Kevin Durant's injury, with Steph Curry struggling, the Warriors just refused to go away. Thompson did end up knocking down both free throws to give the Warriors an 85-80 lead late in the third quarter. However, the sharpshooting guard turned around and raced back out onto the court as he wouldn't be able to return if he didn't shoot his free throws. Thompson was later shown leaving Oracle on crutches. VanVleet's shooting has been incredible throughout the last two rounds of the playoffs, and incredibly timely, and this game was no different. Leonard was named Finals MVP.

Toronto kept up their torrid pace after the half but the Warriors, a team known for their third-quarter dominance, refused to be buried and were starting to take control with Thompson leading the charge until he went down suddenly.

Adding to National Basketball Association history, the last five games of the finals series were won by the away team, equalling the record set by Boston-Milwaukee in 1974 and tied by Chicago-Phoenix in 1993.

The Raptors are the first Canadian club side to win a major North American sports title since the Toronto Blue Jays captured Major League Baseball's World Series in 1993.

Now that the Finals are over, Drake and players on the Golden State Warriors can go back to being buddies.

This was what Masai Ujiri said he came to Toronto to do, to deliver the city a championship.