The Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night to secure Toronto’s first ever NBA Championship.
The game was a back and forth battle with Toronto holding a slight lead for much of the first half. The Warriors’ backcourt duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson gained momentum in the third quarter to take a slim lead. However, Thompson injured his knee midway through the third quarter and would not return. He finished with 30 points.
The game would remain close, with Toronto gaining an edge in final frame with several big shots from Fred VanVleet.
The Raptors weathered the storm with balanced scoring. They were lead with 26 points each from Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry. Kawhi Leonard had 22 points.
Thompson’s 30 lead the Warriors. Curry contributed 21 and Andre Iguodala had 22 points. Draymond Green had another playoff tripe double with 11 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists.
The win gave Toronto it’s first ever NBA Finals win and prevented a Warriors’ three-peat. Kawhi Leonard was named finals MVP, receiving 10 out of 11 votes for the award.
Leonard became the third player in NBA history to win a Finals MVP with two separate franchises. He won his first with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Previously, only LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had accomplished this feat.