2019 NBA Finals
The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 year and conclusion of this season’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 by a group based outside the United States. In his first year playing with the Raptors after being acquired using 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 first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, and the league’s first finals with matches played out of the USA. Home-court advantage was granted to Toronto, who completed the regular season with one more triumph (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 have home-court advantage. Also for the first time within the previous five postseasons, the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t match in the championship round. This was the very first finals since 2010 to not include LeBron James, who played with in the previous eight finals together with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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