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Toronto Raptors win first NBA championship

After a long 24 years of ups and downs as now the NBA’s only Canadian franchise, the Toronto Raptors have won their first Larry O’Brien trophy.

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After 24 years of ups and downs and now being the NBA’s only Canadian team, the Toronto Raptors have won their first Larry O’Brien trophy.

Kyle Lowry scored Toronto’s first 11 points of the game and ended with a team-high 26 points. Lowry also had 10 assists and seven rebounds. Pascal Siakam who will most likely be named the league’s most improved player also scored 26 points. He grabbed 10 boards as well. Kawhi Leonard had a quiet 22 points but still contributed on both ends of the floor.

Fred VanVleet made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points off the bench. Serge Ibaka scored 15 points in 22 minutes.

Klay Thompson led the Golden State Warriors with 30 points in 32 minutes but was forced to leave the game due to a torn ACL when he went for a dunk but fell awkwardly. Veteran Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, Steph Curry scored 21 and provided seven assists. Draymond Green recorded another triple-double in the series as he had 11 points, 19 rebounds, and 13 assists. DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points off the bench.

Kyle Lowry has told the media he plays better on the road than at home, and he has showed that throughout the playoffs.

Kawhi Leonard has shown why he was the best player for the Raptors this season, and him sitting out games in the regular season paid off when the games mattered.

Fred VanVleet was the game-changer for Toronto as he scored 12 points in the fourth quarter.

The last minute of the game was very tense for both sets of fans. Steph Curry missed an open three that would have put his team ahead, Kawhi Leonard then dribbled the ball towards half and it was taken by Warrior Draymond Green as he called for a timeout. Raptor fans knew their team would win game 6 and the NBA championship in that moment.

Green forgot that his team had no timeouts left and therefore they were given a technical foul. Leonard sunk the free throw but was fouled when attempting a shot during the dying seconds after Toronto regained possession. Leonard made the two free throws and the buzzer sounded soon after Golden State inbounded it, putting a bow on the 2018-19 NBA season.

Kyle Lowry, who is now the longest-serving Raptor did not hold back from showing emotions as he has now reached his ultimate goal.

Lowry dedicated the win to not only the city of Toronto, but the country of Canada.

It is safe to say that the team had fun in the locker room, and the media got to see a new side of Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard provided some information about his first interaction with Lowry as a teammate in his postgame conference.

Not only the pair of them do something special, but the whole organization did.

Since the team’s inaugural season in 1995, lots of eras came and went. Including Vince Carter’s “Air Canada” days, to Andrea Bargnani being drafted first overall in 2006 and making the team turn into a laughing stock. Hardships happened and tough decisions had to be made to get to where the Toronto Raptors are today.

This title has now made basketball come full circle in Canada. The first NBA game was played between the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knicks at Maple Leaf Gardens on November 1, 1946. Whether you have been a fan since day one, or just started watching the Raptors during their playoff run, everyone should enjoy this long awaited championship.

The parade will start on Monday at 10 a.m. at Exhibition Place, here are the full details.


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Raptors snap Lakers win streak

The Toronto Raptors held the Los Angeles Lakers to 44 second half points on Sunday and won 113-104.

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The Toronto Raptors held the Los Angeles Lakers to 44 second half points on Sunday and won 113-104.

Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double as he scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Fred VanVleet also had a double-double as he had 23 points and 10 assists. Norman Powell had 14.

Chris Boucher slotted into the bench spot where Serge Ibaka would be, and he scored 15 points and blocked three shots. Terence Davis had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes of action. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 10.

Anthony Davis scored 27 points for Los Angeles. Both Kyle Kuzma and Troy Daniels came off the bench and scored 15 and 11 points respectively.

LeBron James recorded a triple-double as he had 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Former Raptor Danny Green scored zero points.

Chris Boucher has shown that he is a player who is capable of playing efficient basketball at multiple levels.

Arguably two highlights of the night came from Pascal Siakam, and coach Nick Nurse.

Nurse won his first coach’s challenge this season.

Toronto’s next game is against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday at Staples Center.

Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m.


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Siakam ties career-high in Raptors costly win against Pelicans

Pascal Siakam scored 44 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

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Pascal Siakam scored 44 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Siakam initially scored 44 points as his career-high against the Washington Wizards in mid-March of this year.

Siakam also recorded a double-double against New Orleans as he grabbed 10 rebounds.

OG Anunoby scored 21 points and had seven rebounds. Norman Powell scored 18 points off the bench. Fred VanVleet had 12.

Coach Nick Nurse had to run a deep squad rotation because Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka both suffered injuries in the first half.

Here are the details on their injuries:

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Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 27 points. Jrue Holiday scored 16.

Toronto native Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 13, and Frank Jackson also scored 13.

Former G-League MVP and defensive player of the year Chris Boucher will be a player that will see more minutes with the injury to Ibaka.

The Raptors scored 75 points in the first half , the most that the franchise has scored in the first half of a game since March 2018.

The Raptors will play LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center.

Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m.


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Raptors team performance edges Sacramento

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Sacramento Kings 124-120 on Wednesday. 

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Sacramento Kings 124-120 on Wednesday.

All of Toronto’s starters scored in double figures.

Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. OG Anunoby had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet scored 12 apiece.

Serge Ibaka provided a spark off the bench as he scored 21 points in 24 minutes.

Harrison Barnes led the Kings scorers with 26 points. Buddy Hield scored 21, and De’Aaron fox had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, and made six three-pointers. Canadian and former Raptor Cory Joseph had 10 points.

Raptor Matt Thomas has not seen much action yet this season, but he has made the most of his minutes when called upon.

Ibaka has always brought passion when on the floor, and this dunk capped off his night along with the rest of the team.

The Raptors start a five-game road trip which begins on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.


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