The Toronto Raptors tired defensive winners the Golden State Warriors 114-110 to win their first NBA title.
The Raptors gained the best-of-seven series 4-2, with Kawhi Leonard named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after be around 28.5 points.
“It was heck of a 12 months,” Toronto head coach Nick Nurse said that after his side settled a first title in their 24-year history.
“That is why I play basketball; that’s what I work hard for,” added Leonard.
The Warriors, who controlled into the finals with back-to-back victories and had earned three of the past four NBA crowns, were without hurt Kevin Durant and lost Klay Thompson to a knee injury in the third quarter.
Stephen Curry had a chance to draw the series with a lost three-pointer when the Warriors trailed 111-110, before Leonard sealed the victory for the visitors.
It was the Warriors’ last game at the Oracle Arena before they move to the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Golden State forward Green, who recorded 11 points, said: “Everybody on this team played with a lot of heart. We just came up a little short.”
The Raptors are the chief Canadian club side to victory a major North American sports title since the Toronto Blue Jays captured Major League Baseball’s World Series in 1993.