The Raptors Are 2019 NBA Champions – Full Wrap

How does it feel Toronto? The Raptors are 2019 NBA Champions. The final last night was 114-110. Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the series. Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA finals MVP after leading the Raptors in points for the entire post season. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakim both had 26 points last night. Fred VanVleet had 22.  Kawhi Leonard had 19. Klay Thompson had a game-leading 30 points for Golden State but left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury and did not return.

Tens of thousands of people poured into downtown streets after the buzzer went last night, climbing polls and yelling themselves hoarse.  Most were well behaved but several police cruisers had windshields smashed. A few bus shelters were damaged as well. There are still some road closures downtown for clean-up.

Toronto is going to throw the best ever parade in honour of the Raptors. That’s the word from Mayor Tory. The parade is going to take place on Monday morning starting at 10am. It will begin at the OVO Centre and then travel along Lake Shore to York Street, then York to University Avenue and to Nathan Phillips Square. The city is finalzing details for the event with MLSE and those will be released later today.

Raptors President Masai Ujiri is reportedly being investigated after a possible altercation with a Sheriff’s Deputy last night. NBC is reporting that Ijiri allegedly pushed and struck the officer in the face at Oracle Arena when the cop denied Ujiri access to the court because he didn’t have the proper credentials.  A video afterwards shows Kyle Lowry pulling Ujiri away. Masai was not arrested, but the Sheriff’s tell NBC the incident is being treated as a misdemeanor battery on an officer and they are investigating the incident.

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan