Raptors win first NBA title

Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam, center, drives the ball between Golden State Warriors' Alfonzo McKinnie, left, and Stephen Curry (30) in the second quarter of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif.  — Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured Canada’s first NBA championship with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise’s NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered and depleted two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110 on Thursday night in a Game 6 for the ages that spoiled a sensational send-off at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry missed a contested 3-pointer in the waning moments before Golden State called a timeout it didn’t have, giving Leonard a technical free throw with 0.9 seconds left to seal it. Leonard then got behind Andre Iguodala for a layup as the buzzer sounded, but it went to review and the basket was called off before Leonard’s two free throws. That only delayed the celebration for a moment.

Curry walked away slowly, hands on his head on a night Splash Brother Klay Thompson suffered a left knee injury and departed with 30 points.

Leonard scored 22 and Kyle Lowry had 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Raptors rookie head coach Nick Nurse, former coach of the RGV Vipers, became the first coach to win a G League title and an NBA title, winning two G League championships, one with the Vipers in 2013.

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