New York Times 6.13.2019
The Toronto Raptors are N.B.A. champions. In a hard-fought game on the road at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, the Raptors beat the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors, 114-110, taking advantage of a dynasty forced to close out the series without Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson, both of whom were out with injuries.
The Warriors got one final chance, trailing 111-110, with 9.6 seconds left in the game, but Stephen Curry missed a 3-pointer, the team was whistled for a technical foul for calling a timeout when they had none remaining. Kawhi Leonard hit the ensuing free throw to essentially seal the victory. There was a delay as a foul on the final possession for Toronto was sorted out, but the fans in Oakland knew it was over before the final whistle.
Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet led the way offensively in Game 6, making up for a night well below Leonard’s standards.
Golden State’s Thompson led all scorers with 30 points, but he missed the entire fourth quarter with a knee injury.