By Andrew Anastasio
The final game at the Oracle Arena ended in disappointing fashion for the Golden State Warriors Thursday night as the Toronto Raptors clinched the organization’s first ever NBA title with a 114-110 victory. Kawhi Leonard, in his first year with the team, was named finals MVP after averaging 28.5
points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He also shot 35 percent from beyond the arc. Leonard becomes the first player in NBA history to win an NBA title from both conferences.
Klay Thompson, who led all scorers with 30 points, left the game in the third quarter after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee. Despite the injury, Thompson briefly returned to the court and promptly made both his free-throw attempts. The Warriors took an 89-86 lead into the fourth quarter
however, behind efficient shooting from backup point guard Fred Van Vleet, Toronto took the lead with 3:45 remaining – a lead they would not relinquish. When the buzzer sounded, it effectively ended the Warriors chance to join the Los Angeles Lakers as the only teams in NBA history to win the Finals three years in a row.
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