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Raptors rewrite a slogan with win over Warriors: We. The. Champs.

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14.06.2019

OAKLAND, CALIF.—It used to be that the only inevitability surrounding the Toronto Raptors was failure. It enveloped them, fast or slow or suddenly. Twenty-three years on, it was reliable. At times, this team flirted with it. They could have been stopped long before they got here.

But finally, the inevitability came to them. The Golden State Warriors were fighters and champions, and in the final game at Oracle Arena, the crowd were champions, too. But the Warriors ran out of bodies, one by one, and the Raptors smashed the ruins. In Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Toronto defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110; they won the series four games to two, toppling the basketball dynasty of the age. The Toronto Raptors shocked everyone but themselves, and they are champions.

Klay Thompson was already lost for the night with a knee injury as the two teams duelled in the fourth, in supercharged electric air. The Warriors were down to Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and whatever was left. Kawhi Leonard was quiet, but Fred VanVleet remained impervious to pressure, and his nerveless fifth three gave Toronto a 104-101 lead with 3:44 left.

And with 37.7 second left they had a one-point lead and the ball, and Kawhi had missed all four of his shots in the fourth quarter. Pascal Siakam, who was benched for the final nine minutes of Game 5 for poor defensive play, hit a tricky floater to go up 111-108 with 27.7 seconds left; he had 26.........

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