2019 NBA Finals
The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 season and conclusion of the year’s playoffs. In the best-of-seven playoff series held from May 30 through June 13, 2019, the Eastern Conference champion Toronto Raptors defeated the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors, four games to two, making the franchise its first NBA championship as well as the first win with a team based outside the USA. In his first year playing the Raptors after being obtained via a trade during the off-season, Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second time in his profession.
This was the very first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, and the league’s first finals with matches played outside of the United States. Home-court benefit was awarded to Toronto, who completed the regular season with one more win (58–24) compared to Golden State (57–25). This was the first time in five consecutive NBA Finals appearances that the then-two-time defending NBA-champion Warriors didn’t possess home-court advantage. Also for the first time over the past five postseasons, the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t match in the championship round. This was the very first finals since 2010 not to include LeBron James, who played with in the past eight finals with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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