In what could be the final game at Oracle Arena, the Warriors laid an egg, squandering an point first-half lead as Kawhi Leonard dominated throughout. Since , the Warriors have stood high above the NBA mountaintop with little opposition. After trailing for much of the contest, the Raptors outscored the Warriors in the third quarter. Leonard scored 17 of his game-high 36 points in the frame, taking the life out of the two-time defending champs on their home floor. More disturbing is that Golden State was demolished in a quarter it historically has owned. With the world watching, the Warriors might have watched their season slip away in the third quarter.
Raptors Dethrone Warriors, Win 1st Title
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Raptors sweep Nets but Lowry injury spoils party. Rick Welts wrote on Twitter that he is "heartbroken" after watching the video that was part of a countersuit from Ujiri following a lawsuit by Alameda County sheriff's deputy Alan Strickland. Welts says while the team wasn't responsible for security at Oracle Arena, he wanted to apologize because it happened at a Warriors home game. The video footage appears to show Strickland using his arm to stop Ujiri from getting to the court. You rose above it which doesn't surprise me or anyone who knows you. He said he was saddened by the officer's actions towards the Raptors president. Ujiri said in a statement Thursday that he was reminded in that moment captured on video that some people will see him as "unworthy of respectful engagement. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday that the office stands by everything it has said in regards to the investigation. Josh Lewenberg Raptors sweep Nets but Lowry injury spoils party. As Ujiri tries to walk by, Strickland shoves Ujiri before the two appear to exchange words.
In the best-of-seven playoff series held from May 30 through June 13, , 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 a team based outside the United States. This was the first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, and the league's first finals with games played outside of the United States. 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. He gave the Warriors a true, top-flight center for the first time under head coach Steve Kerr. In the playoffs, Golden State defeated the Clippers in six games in the first round, despite blowing leads at home in Games 2 and 5.