Raptors and their fans celebrate NBA title with massive victory parade and rally.

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Published on June 18, 2019 - Duration: 00:40s

Raptors and their fans celebrate NBA title with massive victory parade and rally.

Historic first NBA title for Canada draws massive crowd of fans onto Toronto streets

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Raptors and their fans celebrate NBA title with massive victory parade and rally.

SHOWS: TORONTO, CANADA.

(JUNE 17, 2019) (REUTERS-ACCESS ALL) 1.

RAPTORS PLAYER KYLE LOWRY ON TOP OF BUS HOLDING CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY 2.

FANS ON STREET CHEERING 3.

PLAYERS WAVING FROM ON TOP OF BUS 4.

WIDE OF PLAYERS ON TOP OF BUS 5.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) JOE BONSU, 35, SAYING "Yo.

We were watching the game and it was just crazy.

I'm still speechless" 6.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) JEN CHAVES, 38, SAYING "This is just the most amazing thing ever.

Being out here with all these fans.

The energy is just awesome" 7.

KAWAI LEONARD, NBA FINALS MVP (MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, ON TOP OF BUS 8.

FANS TAKING PHOTOS OF PLAYERS IN PARADE STORY: Toronto Raptors fans took to the streets in droves on Monday (June 17) to celebrate their team's historic victory over the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA title.

The early festive atmosphere would later be affected by a shooting at a massive rally that had hundreds of attendes running for the exits in panic.

The Raptors clinched the best-of-seven series in Oakland, California last Thursday in six games by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110, sealing a nation-wide love affair with basketball.

The Raptors victory is the first major professional sports championship for a Canada-based team since Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.

Toronto has been waiting for its beloved Maple Leafs to win the NHL championship since its last Stanley Cup victory in 1967.

(Production: Peter Bullock)

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