“NBA Champs-True North”
It was a war of attrition.
When it was over the NBA Championship Trophy will have to cross the border to find its new home, Toronto.
The Raptors won the title, finding a way to stave off comeback after comeback from the battered Golden State Warriors.
It took a 48-point night effort from the Raptors two point guards, Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Vleet to fuel the Toronto win.
Van Vleet, undrafted and unwanted out of Wichita State, hit 3-straight 3-point shots and then drilled 3-free throws in a row to drive Toronto to the win.
There were big performances lots of other places. Serge Ibaka came off the bench to get 15-points. Pascal Siakam stepped up with a big game, 26-points worth of effort.
Kawhi Leonard wound up 22 and the final 3-free throws sealed the deal.
For Golden State, it was another night, another devastating injury. Klay Thompson had 30-points but went out with a hyper-extended knee landing awkwardly after making a jump shot. He was helped off, much like Kevin Durant was, the game before.
The Warriors could not survive the loss of 65-points in that lineup, without Durant and Thompson.
Steph Curry was choked off, going without a basket the final 6-minutes, miss the only 3-shots he took.
Golden State showed such heart in the face of all that adversity. What a night for the Warriors warrior, Draymond Green who wound up with 11P…19-rebounds…13-assists in a yeoman performance.
The Warriors were great champions over a 5-year run. But for the last two weeks, Toronto found the resolve to win. How impressive for them to win 3-games on Golden State’s floor.
And the true champions earned this one. That’s why the trophy is going to the True North.