HISTORIC. Raptors Wins NBA Championship!
The Toronto Raptors finally brought home the trophy after 24 years. They beat defending champions the Golden State Warriors 114-110 to win their first NBA title.
Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, averaging 28.5 points, as the Raptors won the best-of-seven series 4-2. He was questioned on his capabilities, he spoke few words and proved with his actions by leading the team to its first ever championship win. Leonard - the Raptors' leading scorer in his debut season - joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to be named the NBA Finals' Most Valuable Player (MVP) with two different teams. Kyle Lowry, the longest tenured Raptor, led Toronto with 21 points in 1st half of Game 6. Lowry had 26 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals in Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors.
“Words can’t explain how I feel,” Lowry said. “It’s been a long, long time — 13 years of NBA basketball, couple years of college, a couple years of high school basketball — and to be able to say I’m a world champion, it makes me feel great. And to do it with the group of guys that we did it with is amazing, like it’s just kind of still surreal. Kind of, it hasn’t hit me yet … I work extremely hard on my game, I work extremely hard on myself, and I am extremely hard on myself. And I’m happy to be able to say I’m a champion and it’s been a long time coming.”
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.
We the NORTH, is now WE THE CHAMPIONS!