2019 NBA Finals

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2019 NBA Finals
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 2
Toronto Raptors Nick Nurse 4
DatesMay 30 – June 13
MVPKawhi Leonard
English: Sportsnet/Citytv (Games 1, 3, and 5)
TSN/CTV 2 (Games 2, 4, and 6)
French: RDS
United States:
English: ABC
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
United States:
Radio networkESPN Radio (English (United States))
Golden State Warriors Radio Network (Golden State)
Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Toronto)
TSN Radio 1050 (Toronto)
AnnouncersMarc Kestecher and Hubie Brown (ESPN Radio)
Tim Roye, Jim Barnett and Tom Tolbert (Golden State)
Eric Smith and Paul Jones (Toronto)
Game 1:James Capers, Jason Phillips, John Goble
Game 2:Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Ed Malloy
Game 3:Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Kane Fitzgerald
Game 4:Mike Callahan, Zach Zarba, Eric Lewis
Game 5:James Capers, Jason Phillips, Ed Malloy
Eastern FinalsRaptors defeated Bucks, 4–2
Western FinalsWarriors defeated Trail Blazers, 4–0
NBA Finals

The 2019 NBA Finals was a championship series in the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2018–19 season. Both teams played in a "best-of-seven" series (one team has to win at least four games). This series began on 30 May and ended on 13 June after six games were played.[1] The Toronto Raptors won against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. Kawhi Leonard was named the Finals MVP for the second time in his career. Both teams had won their conference finals (the Raptors play in the Eastern Conference and the Warriors play in the Western Conference), meaning that they had to face off. The Raptors won four games and the Warriors won two games. Game six was the last match. This was the first time the Raptors won an NBA Final and also the first time a Canadian team won a final.[2][3]

The Warriors played in the NBA Finals again. It was their fifth and last straight year of playing in the finals. This was the first time the that Raptors have played in the NBA Finals.

This was the first Finals since 2010 not to include LeBron James who played in the last eight Finals four each with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Series summary[change | change source]

Game Date Away Team Result Home Team
Game 1 Thursday, May 30 Golden State Warriors 109–118 (0–1) Toronto Raptors
Game 2 Sunday, June 2 Golden State Warriors 109–104 (1–1) Toronto Raptors
Game 3 Wednesday, June 5 Toronto Raptors 123–109 (2–1) Golden State Warriors
Game 4 Friday, June 7 Toronto Raptors 105–92 (3–1) Golden State Warriors
Game 5 Monday, June 10 Golden State Warriors 106–105 (2–3) Toronto Raptors
Game 6 Thursday, June 13 Toronto Raptors 114–110 (4–2) Golden State Warriors

Victory parade[change | change source]

On 17 June, the Raptors held a parade in Toronto to celebrate them winning. It began at Princes' Gates in Exhibition Place and ended at Nathan Phillips Square next to the Toronto City Hall.[4] Over two million people came to watch the parade. Because of this, the parade was the largest public gathering in Canadian history. However, because there were so many people, the parade was slowed down by three hours.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "When do the 2019 NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals begin?". NBA. 25 May 2019. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  2. Ewing, Lori (13 June 2019). "Toronto Raptors Win NBA Finals, Make History As 1st Canadian Champions". HuffPost. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. Westoll, Nick (13 June 2019). "Raptors make NBA history by defeating Warriors to win Finals". Global News. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  4. "Everything you need to know about the Raptors' victory parade Monday". CBC News. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  5. McLaughlin, Amara (18 June 2019). "Raptors Toronto victory parade marred by organizational problems". CBC News. Retrieved 21 September 2019.

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