Raptors beat Warriors to win their first NBA title

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The Toronto Raptors were making their first appearance in the NBA Finals
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The Toronto Raptors beat defending champions the Golden State Warriors 114-110 to win their first NBA title.

The Raptors won the best-of-seven series 4-2, with Kawhi Leonard named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after averaging 28.5 points.

“It was heck of a 12 months,” Toronto head coach Nick Nurse said after his side clinched a first title in their 24-year history.

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“This is why I play basketball; this is what I work hard for,” added Leonard.

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The Warriors, who headed into the finals with back-to-back wins and had won three of the past four NBA crowns, were without injured Kevin Durant and lost Klay Thompson to a knee injury in the third quarter.

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Stephen Curry had a chance to tie the series with a missed three-pointer when the Warriors trailed 111-110, before Leonard sealed the victory for the visitors.

It was the Warriors’ final game at the Oracle Arena before they move to the Chase Center in San Francisco.

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Golden State forward Green, who scored 11 points, said: “Everybody on this team played with a lot of heart. We just came up a little short.”

The Raptors are the first Canadian club side to win a major North American sports title since the Toronto Blue Jays captured Major League Baseball’s World Series in 1993.

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