Raptors capture NBA crown in the Bay

The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time.

The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Raptors won the series 4-2, denying the Warriors what would have been a third straight championship.

Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam had 26 points apiece for the Raptors, Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard each had 22 for Toronto.

Klay Thompson scored 30 for Golden State but left with a knee injury. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Stephen Curry had 21 for the Warriors. Curry missed a 3-pointer with about 5 seconds left, the Raptors tacked on a free throw off a technical in the last second when the Warriors called a time-out they didn’t have, and the last game at Oracle Arena was the last game of Golden State’s reign. The team will play in San Francisco next season after playing in Oakland for all these years.

There was no word on the severity of the injury to Thompson. The Warriors were already without Kevin Durant, out with a ruptured Achilles that left the team fielding some criticism about the risk he was taking by returning to the series while already dealing with a lower-leg injury.

Thompson got hurt when he was fouled on a drive in the third quarter. He left with 30 points, in what was a wild third quarter. Iguodala had 20 as the Warriors took an 88-86 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Thompson was hurt late in the third, left the floor, then re-emerged — to wild cheering — to make his free throws after taking a foul and hard fall on a drive.

Lowry had 24 points, Siakam has 21 and Leonard has 19 for Toronto. Leonard nearly tied it on a tip-in at the third-quarter buzzer but the ball didn’t get off his hand in time.

Thompson ended the quarter in the locker room. There was no word on the severity of the injury. He had a very awkward landing and his knee bent abnormally when he was fouled on a drive. He left the floor during a time-out, but if he didn’t shoot the free throws he would have been ineligible to come back.

So he emerged from the tunnel, took his free throws and made both. He then left the game a few seconds later, jogging to the locker room.

Lowry had 21 points as Toronto led 60-57 after a back-and-forth first half. Lowry tied a playoff career-high for a first half. He’s 7 for 9 from the floor. Siakam had 13 points and Serge Ibaka scored 10 for the Leonard had nine points at that point and three fouls.

Thompson led the Warriors with 18 points while Iguodala had 11. Curry was held to nine in the first half. To show the back-and-forth nature of the first half, there were 14 lead changes and four ties.

No team has ever scored more points in an NBA season than the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors did this year.

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