Toronto Raptors make history with first NBA final


Share post:

Canadian team to face Golden State Warriors after defeating Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in the Eastern Conference final.

The Toronto Raptors have made history by becoming the first Canadian team to reach the NBA final after rallying past the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6. 

The Raptors came back from a two-game deficit in the best-of-seven basketball series to win the Eastern Conference 4-2 for the first time in franchise history on Saturday night.

They will open the NBA final at home on Thursday night against six-time champions Golden State Warriors.

American Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, seven in the fourth quarter and finished with a career-best 17 rebounds and seven assists to lead the home side to victory.

“It’s still surreal to me right now,” Leonard said. “But this is what we’ve been striving for all season. It’s not over yet.”

There were jubilant scenes at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday night as fans gathered to celebrate.

Embedded video

Toronto Raptors@Raptors

T.O. WE LOVE YOU! #WeTheNorth18.7K5:31 AM – May 26, 20195,705 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Pascal Siakam added 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 and Fred VanVleet scored 14 for the Raptors.

“Kawhi stays level-headed all the time,” Lowry said. “He brought that pedigree with him.”READ MORE

Shoe blowout, injury raises fears for NBA’s likely #1 pick

“He inspired us tonight with monster rebounds,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse added. “It wasn’t going well for us, it was kind of a frustrating night. … But we kept playing.”

Lowry has been through many playoff failures in seven years with the Raptors.

“It means a lot to me,” Lowry said. “We beat a really good team in Milwaukee. But I’m not satisfied yet. Our goal is to win the NBA championship.”

Most Valuable Player candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who had the NBA’s best record (60-22) during the regular season.

Brook Lopez added 18 points with nine rebounds and three blocks, Khris Middleton had 14 points, Ersan Ilyasova 13, and Malcolm Brogdon and George Hill 10 each.

“This hurts,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But what they did in the playoffs tonight against a really good Toronto Raptors team, and to get to the Eastern Conference finals, the regular season, a special season for us. We feel like we’re just getting started.”

The Warriors had swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4-0 in the Western Conference to reach their fifth consecutive NBA final.  



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Related articles

Kenyan teachers held over video of pupils simulating sex

Kenyan police have arrested six teachers from a primary school in the western part of the country over a video shared widely showing pupils simulating sexual acts as the teachers watch.

Zambians face fines for using phone while crossing roads

The authorities in Zambia have passed a law that prohibits pedestrians from crossing the road while wearing headsets or talking on a mobile phone.

Kenya opposition leader faces lawsuit over secret video claim

Kenya's former electoral commission boss has threatened to take legal action against the opposition leader after the politician alleged that the poll team, including the chairman, visited his home during last year's closely fought election, local media report.

Fuel price rise in Cameroon as subsidies scrapped

Fuel prices in Cameroon will rise by about 15% from Wednesday after the government agreed to pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to cut fuel subsidies.