The Toronto Raptors have won their first NBA title in franchise history, dethroning defending champions Golden State Warriors by winning Game 6 at Oracle Arena in Orlando California and stretching their Game Series lead 4-2.
Raptors Kawhi Leonard was also named the NBA Finals MVP, five years after he got the same accolade with San Antonio.
Leonard, acquired by Raptors in a blockbuster trade in the offseason from San Antonio, was on a tear the entire playoffs.
He finished the night with 22 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Winning at Oracle Arena for Raptors came with a touch of drama and also left the Warriors a wreck, with another injury sustained by the Warriors’ five-time All-Star Klay Thompson.
With less than 10 seconds to play, the Warriors had one chance to take the lead down 111-110. But after a missed shot and a loose ball, Draymond Green picked up the ball and tried to call timeout.
The problem is the Warriors didn’t have a timeout, which gave the Raptors a free throw and possession.
Kawhi Leonard made the free throw and the game was over. He also made two more free throws after the technical foul to extend the lead a touch more.
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So, with that, Toronto took down the Warriors 114-110 to win the first title in franchise history.
Fred VanVleet scored 22 points off the bench and made big shot after big shot down the stretch to lead the Raptors to a win.
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But as inspiring as VanVleet’s performance was and the crazy end to the game, the undeniable story on the night was what happened to Klay Thompson.
The Warriors’ five-time All-Star suffered a knee injury in the third quarter that knocked him out of the game for good.
He had scored 30 points before he exited the game and was seen leaving the arena on crutches.
It was a heartbreaking moment for a team that has had to deal with injury after injury in the playoffs. Kevin Durant ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the Finals, Kevon Looney fractured his collarbone and DeMarcus Cousins tore his quad.
Thompson had also already dealt with a hamstring injury in the Finals. Golden State was very beat up.
Despite that, though, the Raptors gave the Warriors all they could handle this series and won it in six games.