The Toronto Raptors created history on Thursday night as they became the first Canadian team to be NBA champions, clinching a 4-2 series win over the Golden State Warriors with a 114-110 victory in Game 6.
The Warriors could have won it at the death and forced Game 7, but Stephen Curry’s 27-foot three-point effort bounced off the back of the rim.
Kyle Lowry scored 26, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Raptors, Pascal Siakam also had 26, with Kawhi Leonard adding 22 points and Fred VanVleet having 22 with five 3s off the bench.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points for the Warriors, before a torn ACL in his left knee at the 2:22 mark of the third (he did somehow return to shoot his free throws before going out again at 2:19). Andre Iguodala added 22 points and Curry scored 21 points.
Whether they remain at the Warriors is highly uncertain, but Thompson and Kevin Durant are both likely to miss the bulk of next season with injury. This season belongs very much to the Raptors!
Game 6 Update – Golden State Warriors stay alive with a narrow win over Toronto Raptors in Game 5
The Golden State Warriors kept the NBA finals series alive with a very narrow 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5, to cut the Raptors’ lead down to 3-2.
Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3 1/2 minutes remaining, but the Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes to see the Warriors scrape home.
Curry scored 31 points, while Thompson added 26 for the Warriors.
Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors.
The return of Kevin Durant for the Warriors have missed the previous nine games with a strained ended prematurely as he limped off in the second quarter.
Golden State will host Game 6 on Thursday night.
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Game 5 Update – Raptors move to within one of NBA Championship!
The Toronto Raptors moved to within one more win of what would be the franchise’s first championship by beating the Golden State Warriors 105-92 on Friday night for a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals.
The result means that, after 47 years, the Warriors may have played their final game at the Oracle Arena before the team’s move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.
Toronto outscored Golden State 37-21 in what proved to be the decisive third quarter
Kawhi Leonard had 36 points and 12 rebounds, with Serge Ibaka coming off the bench to score 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting in 22 minutes. Pascal Siakam scored 19 for Toronto.
Klay Thompson returned after missing Game 3 with 28 points with six 3-pointers for the Warriors, while Stephen Curry added 27 points.
Durant missed his ninth straight game for the Warriors, who are hoping he is available for Game 5 or, should it go that far, Game 6.
Game 5 is on Monday night back at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Game 4 Update – Toronto Raptors take pivotal win over Golden State Warriors to lead series!
The Toronto Raptors claimed a crucial road win in beating the Golden State Warriors 123-109 on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead and to reclaim the home-court advantage.
Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points for the Raptors on a night in which all five Toronto starters scored in double digits. Kyle Lowry contributed 23 points with five 3-pointers and Danny Green had 18 points with six 3s. Pascal Siakam scored 18 points and Marc Gasol added 17. Fred Van Vleet also added 11 points off the bench.
Stephen Curry had a playoff-best 47 points for the Warriors and also had eight rebounds and seven assists. The supporting cast wasn’t up to the task against the fantastic Raptors though, with Golden State badly missing starters Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, as well as key backup Kevon Looney because of injuries.
Game 4 will take place on Friday night back at Oracle Arena.
Game 3 Update – Warriors level up the Series and Claim Home Court Advantage
The Golden State Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 109-104 on Sunday night to level the NBA Finals series and take the home-court advantage.
The opening minutes of the third quarter proved crucial, as the Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half to go from 59-54 down, to a lead of 72-59.
Klay Thompson scored 25 points for the Golden State Warriors, while Stephen Curry had 23.
Kawhi Leonard had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Toronto Raptors.
With Kevin Durant still missing his seventh straight game, the Warriors will have been especially concerned to see that Thompson left the court with a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter, although the player informed coach Steve Kerr that he thought his injury was minor.
Golden State will host Game 3 on Wednesday night, as the series moves to the Oracle Arena for Games 3 and 4.
Game 2 Update – Toronto Raptors make winning start to NBA Finals against Golden State Warriors!
The Toronto Raptors, having only entered the league as an expansion team in 1995, made a winning start in their NBA Finals debut, beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the series.
Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points for the Raptors, with Kawhi Leonard adding 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Marc Gasol scoring 20.
Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Klay Thompson had 21 for the Warriors who, in each of the last four years as finalists had won the first game in the series.
All four of the aforementioned finals for the Warriors were against the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.
DeMarcus Cousins returned from a torn left quadriceps to come off the bench, but Kevin Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals, was again unavailable.
Game 2 will be on Sunday night in Toronto.
Raptors v Warriors Betting Preview
The Toronto Raptors will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals 2018-19, with the Raptors having the home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series.
The Raptors rallied to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals after having looked in trouble after losing the first two games in the series. The Warriors had a much easier 4-0 clean sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.
Can the Raptors upset the NBA Championship betting odds?
With the Warriors in their fifth consecutive Finals and having won three of the previous four, it’s no surprise that they are the betting tips in the majority of tipsters predictions to win the NBA Finals yet again.
Even so, there are some good reasons to back the Toronto Raptors at decent betting odds to win the NBA Finals.
They do hold the home-court advantage going into the series, so potentially have four games in front of passionate and vociferous fans. The Raptors also won both their meetings with the Warriors this season; 131-128 in overtime in Toronto on November 29 and 113-93 in Oakland, California, on December 12.
The that injury kept Kevin Durant out of the Western Conference Finals looks likely to sideline him for at least part of the Finals series too.
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Head To Heads
The Raptors are averaging 104.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 99.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.2 points and 8.8 rebounds, while Pascal Siakam is averaging 18.7 points and seven rebounds.
The Warriors are averaging 117.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 34.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Stephen Curry is averaging 27.3 points and 5.6 assists.
Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors Pick
The Toronto defense is capable of making the series competitive and the Raptors also have the legend that is Leonard in their ranks!
We’re backing the Toronto Raptors to win the NBA Finals 4-3 at +550 with Sports Interaction. Let’s go Raptors!
Pick: NBA Finals Series Correct Score – Toronto Raptors 4-3 @ +550 with Sports Interaction