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 in addition to the first win by a group based outside the USA. In his first year playing the Raptors after being obtained via 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, along with the league’s first finals with games played outside of the USA. Home-court advantage was granted to Toronto, who completed the regular season with an additional triumph (58–24) than 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 as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t meet in the championship round. This was the first finals since 2010 not to include LeBron James, who played with in the past eight finals together with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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