Toronto Raptors Defeat Warriors To Win First NBA Championship
We are the champions! The underdog Toronto Raptors have defeated the tough defending champions, Golden State Warriors in dramatic six game series winning Game 6, 114-110 to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time in franchise history. In Game 6, the Raptors and Warriors battled back and forth from tip off to the last shot of the game ending with Raptors superstar, Kawhi Leonard winning the Finals MVP.
Toronto native and Raptors brand ambassador celebrated their win with dropping to new two songs and sharing a meme of himself holding the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Drake writes,
“THE CHIP TO THE 6!!!!!!!!! SEE YOU 2MRW WITH A 2 PACK. LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOO.”
Black-ish star, Miles Brown says that he had a dream about Drake winning the championship. He writes:
“I HAD A DREAM THIS HAPPENED.”
Comedian King Keraun also congratulated Drake on his team’s victory in the Finals writing,
“Y’all boys did dat.”
Leonard averaged 28.5 points per game on 43 percent shooting throughout the Finals, but in Game 6, Leonard scored just 22 points with six rebounds, getting more help from his supporting cast, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam all had big games with each surpassing 20 points. The Finals MVP says after their victory.
“This is what I play basketball for. This is what I work out for. I came to a team, a new coast — that mindset was the same as mine, trying to get that Larry [O’Brien championship] trophy there. And this is what I play basketball for; this is what I work out for all summer [and] during the season. And I’m happy that my hard work paid off.”
As far as the Warriors, Klay Thompson, who had missed Game 3 because of a hamstring strain, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee late in the third quarter of Game 6. While defending champs maintained a small lead, eventually the absents of Thompson was felt as the Warriors were defeated in the last seconds of the fourth.
After tearing his ACL, Klay Thompson came back onto the court to hit two free throws ? pic.twitter.com/dyUEcpFm4R
— ESPN (@espn) June 14, 2019
Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr says,
“They’re a fantastic basketball team. 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.”
Shooting assassin Steph Curry, got a clean look from behind the arch, would have been an incredible turnaround. Although, rather than dropping through the net, his shot clanged off the back iron, and bounded away as one player after another dove on the floor in pursuit. Curry says after the game,
“The shot was one I take 10 out of 10 times. And we ran a play that was kind of, we got a decent look off of kind of a bobbled catch, and I could see the rim, so I shot it. I’ll live with that. We always talk about that, myself and Klay, in terms of shots that we take, you live with it.
“I would shoot that shot every day of the week.”
As far as their fallen player, Kevin Durant, he is set to miss the upcoming season due to recovery from his Achilles injury from Game 5. Kerr says,
“What matters is Kevin Durant is going to miss next season with an Achilles tear. What matters is Klay suffered a knee injury. We’ll know more later. But it’s just brutal, just brutal what these guys have had to deal with.”
Congratulations to the Toronto Raptors!