OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — This is turning out to be quite a year for first-time champions.
The Toronto Raptors are celebrating the first NBA championship in their 24-season history after taking Game 6 of the finals on 7ABC, 114-110. It comes one day after the St. Louis Blues captured their first Stanley Cup and two months after Virginia claimed its first NCAA men’s basketball title.
But Golden State didn’t go down without a fight. The Raptors led 108-102 with just over two minutes remaining and were ahead just 111-110 when Danny Green threw the ball away with 9.6 seconds left. But Stephen Curry missed a 3-point attempt before the Warriors received a technical for taking an excessive timeout. Series MVP Kawhi Leonard nailed the technical with 0.9 seconds to play and added two free throws to ice the victory.
Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry scored 26 points apiece to lead Toronto. Fred VanVleet was 5 of 11 from 3-point range to finish with 22 points. Leonard’s late free throws also gave him 22 points.
Klay Thompson was high man for Golden State with 30 points before leaving the game for good in the third quarter with a knee injury. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Stephen Curry had 21 for the Warriors, who were trying to become the first team since the 2002 Lakers to win a third straight NBA title.