The Raptors are NBA champions for the first time, and Kawhi Leonard is now among NBA legends.
Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Raptors won the series 4-2. The Warriors failed to capture a third straight championship.
Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam had 26 points apiece for the Raptors, Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard each had 22 for Toronto.
Klay Thompson scored 30 for Golden State but left with a knee injury. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Stephen Curry had 21 for the Warriors. Curry missed a 3-pointer with about 5 seconds left, the Raptors tacked on a free throw off a technical in the last second when the Warriors called a time-out they didn't have, and the last game at Oracle Arena was the last game of Golden State's reign.
Kawhi Leonard captured his second NBA Finals MVP. He scored 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Leonard becomes the 11th player in NBA history to win multiple Finals MVPs, joining this list of legends:
Six - Michael Jordan
Three - Magic Johnson, Shaquielle O'Neal, Tim Duncan, LeBron James
Two - Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard