The Toronto Raptors secured their first NBA championship Thursday, topping a beaten and battered Golden State Warriors team in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Behind a hot start from Kyle Lowry and a late closeout after Klay Thompson suffered a knee injury in the third quarter, the Raptors secured a 114-110 victory to ensure that the Larry O’Brien Trophy would return to Toronto in their possession.
Lowry, Kawhi Leonard, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam all had big games, with each surpassing 20 points as Toronto turned back a gutsy performance from a Warriors team riddled with injuries.
The Warriors lost Thompson when he fell awkwardly after getting fouled on a dunk attempt in the third quarter, leaving Golden State to play the fourth quarter without two of their three best players after Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury in Game 5.
Toronto took a 104-101 lead on a VanVleet 3-pointer with 3:46 remaining that it would not relinquish despite the best efforts of Golden State’s role players keep their three-peat hopes alive.