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2019 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 2
Toronto Raptors Nick Nurse 4
Dates: May 30 – June 16
MVP: Kawhi Leonard
Television: Canada:
English: Sportsnet/Citytv (Games 1, 3, 5, and 7),
TSN/CTV 2 (Games 2, 4, and 6)
French: RDS
United States:
English: ABC
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
Announcers: Canada:
  • Matt Devlin (play-by-play)
  • Leo Rautins (Sportsnet analyst)
  • Jack Armstrong (TSN analyst)
  • Alexandre Tourigny (RDS play-by-play)
  • Will Archambault (RDS analyst)
United States:
  • Mike Breen (ABC play-by-play)
  • Jeff Van Gundy/Mark Jackson (ABC analysts)
  • Doris Burke (ABC sideline reporter)
  • Álvaro Martín (ESPN Deportes play-by-play)
  • Carlos Morales (ESPN Deportes analyst)
Radio network: ESPN Radio (English (United States))
Golden State Warriors Radio Network (Golden State)
Sportsnet 590 The FAN (Toronto)
TSN Radio 1050 (Toronto)
Announcers: Marc Kestecher and Hubie Brown (ESPN Radio)
Tim Roye, Jim Barnett and Tom Tolbert (Golden State)
Eric Smith and Paul Jones (Toronto)
Referees:
Game 1: James Capers, Jason Phillips, John Goble
Game 2: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Ed Malloy
Game 3: Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Kane Fitzgerald
Game 4: Mike Callahan, Zach Zarba, Eric Lewis
Game 5: James Capers, Jason Phillips, Ed Malloy
Eastern Finals: Raptors defeated Bucks, 4–2
Western Finals: Warriors defeated Trail Blazers, 4–0
 < 2018
NBA Finals

The 2019 NBA Finals was the last championship series in the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2018–19 season. Both teams played in a "best-of-seven" series (one team has to win at least four games). This series began on 30 May and ended on 13 June after six games were played. The Toronto Raptors won against the Golden State Warriors. Both teams had won their conference finals (the Raptors play in the Eastern Conference and the Warriors play in the Western Conference), meaning they had to face off. The Raptors won four games and the Warriors won two games. Game six was the last match. This was the first time the Raptors won an NBA Final and also the first time a Canadian team won a final.

The Warriors played in the NBA Finals again. It was their fifth straight year of playing in the finals. This was the first time the Raptors have played in the NBA Finals.

Series summary

Game Date Away Team Result Home Team
Game 1 Thursday, May 30 Golden State Warriors 109–118 (0–1) Toronto Raptors
Game 2 Sunday, June 2 Golden State Warriors 109–104 (1–1) Toronto Raptors
Game 3 Wednesday, June 5 Toronto Raptors 123–109 (2–1) Golden State Warriors
Game 4 Friday, June 7 Toronto Raptors 105–92 (3–1) Golden State Warriors
Game 5 Monday, June 10 Golden State Warriors 106–105 (2–3) Toronto Raptors
Game 6 Thursday, June 13 Toronto Raptors 114–110 (4–2) Golden State Warriors

Victory parade

On 17 June, the Raptors held a parade in Toronto to celebrate them winning. It began at Princes' Gates in Exhibition Place and ended at Nathan Phillips Square next to the Toronto City Hall. Over two million people came to watch the parade. Because of this, the parade was the largest public gathering in Canadian history. However, because there were so many people, the parade was slowed down by three hours.

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