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. From 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, earning the franchise its first NBA championship as well as the first win by a group located outside the United States. In his first year playing with the Raptors after being acquired using a trade throughout the off-season, Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second time in his career.
This was the first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, and the league’s first finals with games played out of the United States. Home-court advantage was granted to Toronto, who completed the regular season with an additional win (58–24) than Golden State (57–25). This was the very 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 over the previous five postseasons, the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t match in the championship round. This was the first finals since 2010 not to include LeBron James, who played with at the previous eight finals with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.

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