In a battle of dinosaurs versus swords, do we not all win in the end?
In an extremely close final game against the Golden State Warriors last night (114-110), the Toronto Raptors made history by winning its first-ever NBA championship title since the team was established in 1995.
The Raptors are the only Canadian-based team in the league since the Vancouver Grizzlies relocated to Memphis prior to the 2001-2002 NBA season.
The team may have won the game in San Francisco, but that didn’t stop Raptors fans from going completely wild on the streets of Toronto to paint the town red and celebrate the historic hometown victory. As local news crews took to the streets to check out the scene, reactions from fans included celebratory quotes like:
“It was so well deserved!”
“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, this is phenomenal. We’re going to enjoy the night.”
“I’ve never felt better in my entire life. It’s awesome.”
“We waited 24 years for this! We finally have it and it’s ours.”
“It was supposed to happen. We knew it was going to happen. There was no surprise. It was always going to happen. Game six!”
But no fan may have been more excited than Drake, who is the ambassador for the Raptors. The artist was seen popping champagne bottles, cheering with fans, and fist bumping with people celebrating on the streets.
And while it was a triumphant night for the Raptors, the game was so neck-and-neck intense that Warriors’ Shooting Guard Klay Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in the third quarter, came back out to make his free throws after being injured.
“Obviously, he’s a warrior,” Warriors Center DeMarcus Cousins said. “He’s a true definition of a warrior. Dude [was] basically on one leg, and he’s still trying to come out to play. To have a teammate like that, that’s all you can ever ask for. Love that dude to death. I’d go to battle with him any night.”