In a dramatic game 6, underdogs Toronto Raptors came from nowhere to beat previous champions Golden State Warriors 114-110 to clinch the NBA championship for the first time in team history.
The thrilling clash which was at Golden state’s home turf the Oracle arena was full of surprises. Golden state wanted to dedicate the win to their injured star Kevin Durant but that was not to be as the Raptors under Kawhi Leonard poured cold water on their dreams.
Kawhi Leonard emerged the league final MVP and finished the league with 22 points and star Kyle Lowry ended the night as the Raptors highest scorer with 26 points.
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 30 points but ended the night with an injury after landing awkwardly. Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala put up a strong fight for Golden state but fell short.
The night, however, belonged to the Africans. The Raptors general manager, Masai Ujiri who is a Nigerian with a Kamba mother emerged triumphant last night.
Two Africans in the Raptors squad, Pascal Siakam of Cameroon cleared 26 points in the game and Serge Ibaka of Congo cleared 15 points closing out the African trinity of star ballplayers that emerged from last night.