The Toronto Raptors have done it. By outlasting the embattled Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6, they have wrapped up the first NBA championship in franchise history.
Even with Kevin Durant out with a ruptured Achilles and Klay Thompson going down with a knee injury in the third quarter tonight, the Raptors almost didn’t pull it out. Golden State scrapped with everything it had, and even had a chance to win the game late.
After Danny Green threw the ball away while being defended by Draymond Green, the Warriors had the ball down 111-110 with 9.6 seconds remaining.
Out of a timeout, Steph Curry missed a three-pointer, and a mad scramble ensued for the loose ball. Green pulled it out at midcourt but called timeout as he gained possession.
One problem: Golden State had no timeouts remaining. A technical foul was assessed.
Here’s a look at the whole sequence.
Chaos after the Curry game-winning attempt and Draymond tries to call a timeout with none left…. pic.twitter.com/cRQIjZb53w
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Draymond, Quinn Cook, and Iggy ALL called a timeout pic.twitter.com/G2RR1fyram
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Kawhi Leonard made the technical free throw, and was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play. He converted both free throws for the final points.
Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 26 points apiece. Leonard and Fred Van Vleet added 22 each.
For the Warriors, Thompson had 30, Andre Iguodala 22 and Steph 21.
Tonight’s win might signify the end of the Warriors’ dynasty, at least as we know it. Durant probably won’t sign with them this summer, and he is unlikely to play next season anyway.
We’ll wait and see what the extent of Thompson’s injury is.
In the meantime, respect to the Raptors. They are the first Canadian team to take home an NBA championship.