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Toronto Raptors beat Golden State Warriors for first NBA title


The Toronto Raptors beat the Kevin Durant-less Golden State Warriors, 114-110, on Thursday night to win Canada's first National Basketball Association championship.


The loss marked a somber end to the Warriors' residence in Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, their home for 47 years, which was crowned with three of the previous four NBA titles.


But Curry and Thompson weren't enough on Thursday night, not without Durant, a former league Most Valuable Player and 10-time All-Star, who ruptured an Achilles tendon after having scored 11 points in just 12 minutes on the floor in the Warriors' Game 5 victory.


Things got worse Thursday night when Thompson was carried off the court after he landed awkwardly, appearing to twist his left knee, while driving to the basket.


The Raptors, meanwhile, swept a gust of fresh air into the playoffs, becoming the first team other than Golden State or the Cleveland Cavaliers to appear in the finals since 2014.


In preparation for the historic win, authorities in Toronto closed several major downtown streets to accommodate the crowds.






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