Raptors win Canada's first NBA championship

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Published on June 14, 2019 - Duration: 02:37s

Raptors win Canada's first NBA championship

The Toronto Raptors delivered Canada its first NBA title with a 114-110 victory over the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday (June 13) that set off a country-wide celebration.

Ryan Brooks reports.

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Raptors win Canada's first NBA championship

The Toronto Raptors are champions, giving Canada its first-ever NBA title on Thursday (June 13).

They beat the Golden State Warriors in Game Six, a narrow win of 114 to 110.

When last buzzer rang out, it set off a celebration across Canada.

Reuters' Rory Carroll was courtside in California for the big win.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT RORY CARROLL SAYING: "As you can hear from the Raptors' fans that have crowded into Oracle arena tonight, this is a very big deal for the Toronto fanbase that have not celebrated a championship ever before.

Uh, they did it behind one superstar, Kawhi Leonard and then aโ€ฆ.

Team full of, uh, role players who were able to fit in perfectly, a well-orchestrated team and well-coached by Nick Nurse.

Momentum in this game shifted firmly in the Raptors' direction when Warriors guard Klay Thompson succumbed to a knee injury in the third quarter, he had thirty points up to that point but uhโ€ฆ but was unable to continue.

From there the Raptors continued playing just the methodical kind of basketball they'd been playing all series' long.

Moving the ball, hitting big shots, and dominating the boards with their big man down low" Kawhi Leonard, Toronto's forward- was named the MVP of the Finals he averaged 28.5 points through the series.

After the win he reflected on his trade from the San Antonio Spurs last July.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) RAPTORS PLAYER KAWHI LEONARD SAYING: "You know just to be able to win this championship this year is just something special for me.

You know how the last year everybody was looking at me and I stayed true to myself and I had a great support system and once I got here to Toronto they understood everything and the mood kept moving from there." Leonard becomes a free agent in a few weeks and can sign elsewhere but his impact on Canada's team... helped them overcome the talented Warriors.

Back in Toronto fans were in a frenzy.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED MALE FAN TELLING REPORTER: "I can't believe it.

It actually happened.

We won!

We WON!

YEAH!

Finally!

The Americans can't do anything to us no more.

We're the champions.

Put it here." (BRINGS HAND UP TO 'HIGH-FIVE' REPORTER) Fans spilled out of the 'Jurassic Park' fan zone and into the streets, turning Toronto into a carnival.

This win is a victory that takes Canada beyond ice hockey as their defining sport.

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