In what will be the last game in Oracle Arena, the Raptors won their first championship. They become the first team to win with five road wins. Lowry led the way scoring eight points in two minutes. He finished with 26 points 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Leonard with 22 points. VanVleet came off the bench for 22 points, 12 of those points in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors suffered the onslaught despite having six turnovers and ten turnovers in the first half. Then they lost Klay Thompson in the third quarter with a knee injury. Steph Curry had 21 points on 3-10 shooting from three. Draymond Green had 11 points 19 rebounds, and 13 assist in their loss.
The game came close in the end as the Warriors inbound to Curry who miss a three to take the lead by two. The loose ball was recovered in the final seconds by Draymond Green who called a timeout, but with no timeouts, the Warriors were charged with a technical foul. Leonard hit the free throw to put them up by two and then Lowry inbound to Leonard who was fouled. He hit the final two free throws and that was all she wrote.
The narrative will be that the Raptors only won because of the injuries of Durant and then Thompson. Although there is no denying that a healthy Warriors team most likely would of won, The Raptors were a consistent defensive team and prove that they are worthy of the title.
Lowry, the longest tenured Raptor, had faced many playoff disappointments, can now cherished all the tears and hard work. Leonard now hoist his second championship and is now arguably the third best player in the league. For Ibaka and Gasol who were on contenders they now have their rings as well. The Raptors made the moves of firing coach of the year Dwane Casey and hired rookie head coach Nick Nurse (who now becomes the third straight rookie coach to win a championship.) Then they traded DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Moves that proved to be worth it as Toronto celebrates the championship win.
Leonard was presented the 2019 Bill Russell Finals MVP. He credit his life experiences and teammates for the season. He celebrates his second championship with Danny Green.
Toronto enjoy your win, you deserve beating one of the best teams ever.