[30][32], Toronto took a 3–1 lead in the series after Leonard scored 36 points and had 12 rebounds in a 105–92 road win over Golden State. [1], This was the first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, and the league's first finals with games played outside of the United States. "I don't believe there's anybody to blame [for Durant's injury], but I understand in this world, and if you have to, you can blame me," said Bob Myers, the Warriors' president of basketball operations. Updated on: June 14, 2019 / 12:47 AM / CBS/AP Keep track of how your favorite teams are performing and who will make the playoffs. [35][38], Golden State made 20 three-pointers, the second most in NBA Finals history behind Cleveland's 24 against the Warriors in Game 4 in 2017. They combined for three straight 3-pointers after the Raptors led by six points with ​3.mw-parser-output .sr-only{border:0;clip:rect(0,0,0,0);height:1px;margin:-1px;overflow:hidden;padding:0;position:absolute;width:1px;white-space:nowrap} 1⁄2 minutes left in the game. Play-by-play commentator Mike Breen, and analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson called the series on ABC, while Álvaro Martín (play-by-play) and Carlos Morales (analyst) were on ESPN Deportes.[52]. [55] RDS broadcast all six games in French. Golden State Warriors. … Finals", "Road Warriors: For first time in five Finals, Golden State opens title series on road", "This Is The First NBA Finals In 9 Years Without LeBron. [36] Durant underwent surgery to repair the tendon and was at risk of potentially missing all of the following season. [6][7] During an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in November 2018, Draymond Green cursed out teammate Kevin Durant over his upcoming free agency status after the season, and he was suspended for the much-publicized blowup. The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2018–19 season and conclusion of the season's playoffs. Thompson returned from injury to lead Golden State with 28 points, including six 3-pointers. [18][19] After starting nine consecutive games,[3] Iguodala missed the deciding Game 4 with a sore left calf injury from Game 3. First published on June 13, 2019 / 11:48 PM. The Warriors' 18 unanswered points to begin the second half were the most in NBA Finals history to start a half. For people who enjoy watching nard-kicker and general loudmouth Draymond Green suck and fail, the 2019 NBA Finals. They trailed by 11 with almost two minutes left until halftime before cutting it to 59–54 at the half. [43][44][45], Leonard scored 22 points and had six rebounds and was named the NBA Finals MVP after Toronto won 114–110 over Golden State to claim its first championship in franchise history. [4] This was the first Finals since 2010 not to include LeBron James, who played in the past eight Finals with the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. [41][42] In its Last Two Minutes report, the NBA stated that Cousins should have been called for a shooting foul on Gasol with 49 seconds left in the game, which would have given Gasol two free throws with the Raptors trailing 106–103 at the time. After a late turnover by the Raptors, they even had a chance to win it in the closing seconds, but Steph Curry's 3 didn't go down. He gave the Warriors a true, top-flight center for the first time under head coach Steve Kerr. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. CBS Sports has the latest NBA Basketball news, live scores, player stats, standings, fantasy games, and projections. He gave the Warriors a true, top-flight center for the first time under head coach Steve Kerr. The Associated Press contributed to this report. [67], U.S. Game 5 viewership was 37% higher over Game 4, at 18.22 million, while Sportsnet reported an average of 6.4 million viewers across Sportsnet and the Citytv simulcast of ABC coverage—surpassing the series finale of The Big Bang Theory (4.33 million), Super Bowl LIII (4.34 million), and the 91st Academy Awards (5.21 million)[68] as the most-watched television broadcast of 2019 in Canada, and once again the most-watched NBA telecast in Canada. The 2019–20 schedule was released on August 12, 2019, and the regular season began on October 22, 2019. [81] Later on, the parade was marred by shootings, which occurred during the victory speeches. Warriors!" [35] Lowry's potential game-winning, 3-point shot at the buzzer fell short after it was partially blocked by Draymond Green. 2020-21, 2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16 Leaders Season Points , Career … Acquired by the Raptors via a trade during the off-season, Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second time in his career. Looney returned to score 10 points after Kerr initially declared him out for the series following his Game 2 injury. Cousins returned from a quadriceps injury to come off the bench in his first NBA Finals game. The bold graphics will ensure you have the best Toronto Raptors collection around. [36][37] Leonard scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to erase Golden State's 14-point lead. The leading team switched throughout the game, with the Raptors clinging to a one-point lead with 18 seconds left. [36][39], Durant left the arena on crutches and in a walking boot. They also traded DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Pöltl to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. [10], The Raptors lost Game 1 of the first round to the Orlando Magic, but then they won the next four games in a row and won the series in five games. [26], Leonard had 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists in his first NBA Finals game since he was named the Finals MVP in 2014. [30], Thompson practiced earlier in the day but did not warm up for the game. [10][22] However, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP made it through the season healthy while being systematically rested for 22 games. Lauri Markkanen attacks the paint with a one-handed throw down and Julius Randle follows that up with a 3-pointer to end the half. [57], In Canada, Game 1 recorded an average of 3.3 million viewers on Sportsnet, making it the highest-rated NBA game in Canadian history. [34] They outscored the Warriors 37–21 in the third quarter, when Leonard scored 17 of his points, and led by as many as 16 in the final quarter. Kerr had said that the Warriors were not going to play him if there was risk of further damage. Serge Ibaka pulled his head up through the hoop by the Golden State bench as the crowd chanted "Warriors! Finals: Warriors Tie Series With Raptors", "Warriors beat Raptors 109-104 to even NBA Finals", "Raptors hit big shots, beat Warriors for 2-1 NBA Finals lead", "Thompson: The Warriors need some help because the Game 3 version of their lineup can't beat the Raptors", "Looney listed as questionable for Game 4", "Leonard, Raptors move within victory of first championship", "The Raptors Won Game 4 and Are 1 Win From an N.B.A. 118. [33] VanVleet needed seven stitches in the fourth quarter after the Warriors' Shaun Livingston inadvertently elbowed him in the face. [28][29] Leonard led the Raptors with 34 points and 14 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet added 17 points. Those figures represent a 66 percent drop. [38] Golden State played most of the second half without Looney, who aggravated his cartilage fracture after colliding with Lowry while battling for a rebound. Toronto Raptors over Golden State Warriors (4-2) Series Stats. [56] The series technically marked the first time that a team's regional broadcaster has produced its own coverage of games during the NBA Finals; these local broadcasts had access to ABC's camera feeds, along with additional cameras that were part of its own production resources. Steph Curry was seen Facetiming with rapper and Toronto Raptors superfan Drake after the Golden State Warriors lost the 2019 NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors. [12] With an increased urgency and in a sign of respect towards their opponent, Kerr opened the following round against the Houston Rockets by moving Andre Iguodala from the bench and starting the Hamptons Five for the first time in the season. [10] The move stunned the All-Star DeRozan, who had become a fan favorite in his nine seasons in Toronto. Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points, and Andre Iguodala chipped in 22 points. The game also had a 68% ratings share in the Toronto market. The Toronto Raptors won a wild game 114-110 against Golden State Warriors in Oakland for their first NBA title.Toronto won the series 4-2, finishing it off a few minutesafter Klay Thompson used crutches to hobble out of Oracle and into perhaps an uncertain future. [82] The shootings wounded four people, though did not inflict life-threatening injuries, and caused a stampede. Toronto was held to 37.2 percent shooting for the game. [27] Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals, traveled with the team to Toronto, but remained sidelined. [36] Leonard had 26 points for the Raptors, while Lowry added 18 and Gasol 17 to lead six Raptors in double figures. [34] Serge Ibaka scored 20 points for Toronto, shooting 9 for 12 in 22 minutes off the bench. Field Level Media/Reuters Feb 05 01:10 AM. [34] The only other player to score over 10 points for Golden State, Curry had 27 points, but shot just 9 for 22 and missed 7 of his 9 three-point attempts. [46], Lowry and Siakam led Toronto with 26 points each. This was the first time in five consecutive NBA Finals appearances that the then-two-time defending NBA-champion Warriors did not have home-court advantage. 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. The 2019 NBA Draft took place Thursday evening in Brooklyn with a whole lot of fanfare. [10][22] During the season, Toronto also traded a package that included Jonas Valančiūnas to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for one of the league's elite post-defenders, Marc Gasol. [72], On June 17, the Raptors held a victory parade in downtown Toronto, which began at the Princes' Gates at the east end of Exhibition Place, traveled east along Lake Shore Boulevard West, north along York Street and University Avenue, east along Queen Street West, and finished at Nathan Phillips Square next to Toronto City Hall. Curry had 21 points for Golden State, but he was hounded by the Raptors in the fourth quarter without Durant or Thompson available. [79] The parade was attended by an estimated crowd of two million fans, making this the largest public gathering in one place for one event in Canadian history, peacetime or wartime. [5], During the off-season, Golden State acquired DeMarcus Cousins, who was recovering from a ruptured left Achilles. [82] Three suspects were arrested and two guns were recovered. [82], The 2019 edition of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Toronto. Van Vleet finished with 22 points, including 12 in the final period, and made five of the team's 13 three-pointers. Led by Curry and Thompson, Golden State pulled out Game 5 without Durant, and won the series in six games. [16][17] In the Western Conference Finals, Golden State swept the Portland Trail Blazers 4–0, with three of the wins including comebacks of 15 points or more. [48] This was the Warriors' last game ever at Oracle Arena, as they moved to the new Chase Center in San Francisco at the beginning of the 2019–20 season. A Canadian team - and we're not talking hockey here - stood on top of one of the traditional major sports leagues for the first time since the Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series. The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the the first time in franchise history. [28], Leonard scored 30 points and the Raptors shot 52.4% and made 17 three-pointers to win 123–109 on the road over the short-handed Warriors. [22] This was their first trip to the NBA Finals in franchise history,[24] breaking a 25-year drought for teams from Toronto appearing in the championship round of any of the four major North American professional sports leagues since Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays won the 1993 World Series.[25]. [22] Toronto advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks. @ Toronto Raptors. During an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in November 2018, Draymond Green cursed out teammate Kevin Durant over his upcoming free agencystatus after the season, and he was suspended for the much-publicized blowup. [59] Analysts cited both the presence of a Canadian team (Canadian viewership does not count towards U.S. Nielsen ratings, leading to only one U.S. home market being reflected in viewership), and being the first NBA Finals not to feature a team with LeBron James since 2011, as factors in the drop. During the off-season, Golden State acquired DeMarcus Cousins, who was recovering from a ruptured left Achilles. [35] Durant returned after missing the previous nine games with his right calf injury,[35] and scored 11 points in the first quarter. 109. Draymond Green had a triple-double with 11 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists, but committed eight turnovers. [46], As part of a multiyear partnership that began in 2018, the internet television service YouTube TV was the presenting sponsor of the series,[50] even in Canada despite its lack of legal availability there at the time, which was officially named the NBA Finals 2019 presented by YouTube TV. [19] Curry averaged a series career-high 36.5 points, the highest average by a player in a four-game sweep in NBA history. The NBA itself estimated 6.9 million viewers when accounting for the French-language feed on RDS and estimated viewership on out-of-market stations. [46], Leonard averaged 28.5 points per game in the series,[47] and joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only players to be named Finals MVP with two different teams. [58] By contrast, with 10.77 million U.S. viewers, Game 1 was the second lowest-rated NBA Finals game in the U.S. after the 2020 NBA Finals. They were the second team in NBA history to achieve this feat, joining the Boston Celtics, who played in ten straight Finals (1957–1966). [71] Game 6's ratings in the United States were slightly higher over Game 5, with 18.34 million. 5 hours ago. That only delayed the celebration for a moment. [10] Cousins tore his left quadriceps in Game 2, and was initially thought to be out for the remainder of the postseason. Iguodala had 22 points despite shooting only 1 of 5 on free throws. The New Orleans Jazz selected her in the seventh round o… TSN publicized that a total of 15.9 million unique viewers watched some point of the telecast, and 9.99 million were watching during the final minute. [28][29] Thompson had 18 points in the first half to keep Golden State in the game. They secured the title with a 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals… VanVleet contributed 11 points off the bench. After trailing 2–1 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals,[23] they defeated them in seven games, with Leonard hitting the game-winner at the buzzer as the ball bounced four times on the rim before falling in, the first buzzer beater in a Game 7 in the NBA playoffs. In Canada, the Raptors' and the NBA's main local rightsholders, Sportsnet (which aired games 1, 3, and 5, and would have aired game 7) and TSN (games 2, 4, and 6) aired separate, local telecasts with the Raptors' commentary team of Matt Devlin on play-by-play, and Leo Rautins (Sportsnet) or Jack Armstrong (TSN) as analysts. [31] Golden State played without injured starters Thompson and Durant, and backup big man Looney. Real-time NBA Basketball scores on ESPN. Thompson scored a game-high 30 points for the Warriors, but was lost for the game with 2:22 remaining in the third quarter after landing awkwardly and suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee on a drive to the basket contested by Danny Green. [8][9][10] In January 2019, Cousins returned, and the Warriors became the first team in 42 years with a starting lineup of five NBA All-Stars from the previous season. Thu, May 30. [13][14] With the Splash Brothers, Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, struggling with their shooting, Durant had been the team's best player in the playoffs, averaging a team-leading 35.4 points entering Game 5. [2] Home-court advantage was awarded to Toronto, who finished the regular season with one more win (58–24) than Golden State (57–25). Here's how to spot a fake, New report finds "toxic heavy metals" in popular baby foods, David Hogg says he's starting a pillow company, taking on MyPillow, California Privacy/Information We Collect. [33], Siakam added 19 points for the Raptors. Siakam, the NBA Most Improved Player that season, shot 6-for-6 in the third quarter to keep the Warriors at bay. He limped off the court and was helped to the locker room. [69][70], Game 6 further exceeded these numbers with an average of 7.7 million. 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[37] Originally expected to become a free agent after the 2018–19 season, he had a $31.5 million option to remain with Golden State for another season. [40], Nurse was criticized for calling a timeout with Toronto up 103–97 after going on a 12–2 run; the Splash Brothers' three 3-pointers came after the break. [60][61] In the Warriors' home market, ratings were also lower in comparison to its past Game 1 appearances. Game 6 drew, at its peak, 6.028 million viewers.To put that in perspective, Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals, which included a team from Canada and did not include LeBron James, drew 18.34 million viewers. [29] Warriors backup center Kevon Looney missed the second half with a chest contusion. Read more » [a], During the off-season, the Raptors fired coach Dwane Casey, who was named the 2018 NBA Coach of the Year weeks later, and replaced him with assistant coach Nick Nurse. [26], Thompson scored a team-high 25 points, and the Warriors outscored the Raptors 18–0 to start the second half before holding off a late Toronto rally to win 109–104. [29], Curry finished the game with 23 points after missing his first six shots of the game. [28][29] Toronto scored 10 straight points to pull within two points at 106–104, but Iguodala cemented the win with a three-pointer with 5.9 seconds remaining in the game. [21][22] It was a risky move for the Raptors and their president, Masai Ujiri, as Leonard was one year away from becoming a free agent,[21] and he wanted to leave the Spurs after playing in just nine games in 2017–18 due to tendinopathy in his left quadriceps. When it actually ended, the typically stoic Leonard could let it all out. Game 3 was seen by 3.8 million viewers across Sportsnet and Citytv. [30] Looney was out with a cartilage fracture near his right collarbone. (A Lot Has Changed. 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. Toronto's Kyle Lowry had 23 points and five 3-pointers, and Danny Green added 18 points on 6 made 3s, as all five of their starters scored in double figures. NBA Finals 2019: Toronto Raptors win first NBA title with 114-110 victory over Golden State. Lusia Harris was the first woman to be drafted in the NBA. [20] This was Golden State's fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. 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In the best-of-seven playoff series held from May 30 through June 13, 2019, the Eastern Conference champion Toronto Raptors defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors, 4–2, earning the franchise its first NBA championship as well as the first win by an NBA team based outside the United States. Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting to lead Toronto to a 118–109 win over Golden State in the first-ever NBA Finals game played outside the United States. [36] However, he was lost for the game two minutes into the second quarter when he tried to drive by Ibaka and suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, falling and grabbing his lower right calf. NBA: Hot Jazz open road swing at Atlanta. [65][66] TSN reported average viewership of 4.631 million, surpassing Canadian NBA viewership records for the third time in the series. This OtterBox piece is perfect for showing the champs some love! It was academic, as time would have otherwise expired had they not attempted to stop the clock. Gasol added 20 for the Raptors. The Celtics advanced 10 straight times, winning nine, including eight consecutive. Celebrate the Toronto Raptors becoming the 2019 NBA Finals Champions by grabbing this sweet Galaxy Symmetry Case. Toronto maintained a double-digit lead for most of the fourth quarter, countering every rally by Golden State. There was no word on on severity of the injury. However, due to this overcrowding, the parade was delayed an additional three hours as numerous fans bypassed the barricades, blocking the parade route.