Raptors' title celebration delayed after bizarre ending, Warriors' tech

Michael Hoad

It was never going to be easy.

The Toronto Raptors won their first NBA championship after a thrilling Game 6 victory over the Golden State Warriors, but it wasn’t without some late drama.

Up by one point with 18.5 seconds left and possession of the ball, the Warriors forced a turnover when Danny Green threw a bad pass that Pascal Siakam couldn’t corral.

That opened the door for Warriors superstar Steph Curry to shatter Raptors’ fans hearts. Curry had a good look with eight seconds on the clock, but misfired. After a mad scramble for the rebound, Draymond Green attempted to call a timeout. The problem? The Warriors didn’t have any left.

Following a short delay that suspended Toronto’s celebration, Kawhi Leonard promptly sank the technical free-throw, and then was fouled on the ensuing possession to ice the game and send a country into hysteria.

Even though it wasn’t the cleanest finish, the win still counts the same. For a fanbase that had been starving for a title, waiting a few more minutes to party was no problem.

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