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How the Raptors won their first N.B.A. Championship

Toronto was celebrated on the occasion of a late push from the Golden State Warriors and won its first title.

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Oakland, California. - The Toronto Raptors had more length, more depth, and more athletic than anyone had imagined when the N.B.A. final they started

The Raptors used all of that, as well as their superior health, to close the Oracle Arena and close twice the reigning champion of the N.B.A. Thursday night with a 1-101 Game victory over the Golden State Warriors.

It was presumed that the Warriors became the emotional advantage, playing their last game at Oracle and dedicating the night to their front superstar Kevin Durant, who was on the other side of the country after undergoing major surgery on Wednesday. But Toronto simply did too much, especially after Golden State lost All-Star guard Klay Thompson to the fourth quarter after Thompson's slump.

Three raptors, notably, overcome or tied, Kawh Leonard in the deciding factor: Kyle Lowry scored 11 of his 26 points in the first two minutes of the game. Pascal Siakam added 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Fred VanVleet did not recruit five of the 13 triples from Toronto to finish with 22 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Leonard hit three free throws in the final 0.9 seconds of the game to finish with 22 points and 6 rebounds on a quiet night. However, he still ended up hooking the N.B.A. Finals Most Valuable Player Award as the unquestionable centerpiece of the first championship of the Canadian franchise.

The vote for the final M.V.P. He was close to being unanimous, with Leonard getting 10 out of 11 votes. The remaining vote was for VanVleet.

The Warriors entered to be saddled by the fallen Durant and left their racket but prized 47-year-old sand in triumph. The hosts, on the other hand, fell in an impressive 0-3 at home in these finals. In his first game after Durant suffered a torn Achilles tendon, he was unable to prevent Leonard from joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players in league history who won the finals M.V.P. honors with two different teams

Thompson had 28 points in only 12 shots when he landed awkwardly on a run to the ring that was played by Danny Green of Toronto with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter. Thompson was taken to the locker room by Jonas Jerebko and Jordan Bell, then returned to the floor to shoot.

Thompson made both free throws to finish with 30 points, which expanded her reputation as playoff heroines such as "Game 6 Klay", but she was left with no return early in the fourth quarter with the Warriors holding on to a 91-88 lead. I finished leaving Oracle with the help of the pair of crutches, just when Durant had left the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto a few days ago.

Without Durant or Thompson, Golden State managed to hang at the end. But a 3-point failure in the final wing of Stephen Curry (21 points), after what appeared to be an expensive rotation by Toronto Green, was the last shot of the two-time reigning champion.

The fight for the ball after Curry's missed shot was less than a second off the clock, and after Golden State had assessed a technical foul for calling a timeout, which is not there, a move that would be the better loss tactics because he lost. I had the clock There were a lot of misunderstandings, but eventually, Leonard got the free technical, and then he got two more after a foul in the limits, finishing the game.

The absence of the eventual exit of Durant and Thompson allowed Toronto to swarm. The Raptors also survived great offensive projections by two stalwarts of the Warriors' five-year controversy: Draymond Green had 11 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists for a triple-double; Andre Iguodala contributed 22 totally unexpected points despite missing 4 of 5 free throws.

In the process, Leonard and the Raptors led the Dynastic Warriors, after three titles in four seasons, in a low season of uncertainty. Before moving to the Chase Center bay in San Francisco next season, Golden State must first decide free agency for Durant and Thompson.

The Raptors face a similar challenge with Leonard, who has the right to be a free agent this summer. But Toronto's bet to trade for Leonard last July, without the assurance that he could re-sign him or how he will recover from an injury-plagued final season in San Antonio, has already yielded good results.