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Kawhi Leonard celebrates Raptors winning first title in franchise history

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Kawhi Leonard is celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ first NBA title in franchise history.

The usually stoic Leonard raised his arms in jubilation in the waning moments of the Raptors’ 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on June 13.

Kawhi Leonard had 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists in the title-clinching victory. He also earned NBA Finals MVP honors on Thursday.

Not only was this Toronto’s first NBA title, but the victory had other historical implications, per ESPN.

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time in franchise history.

The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors, 114-110, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night to clinch the series in Golden State.

Toronto is the second team in NBA history, and the first since the merger, to beat the reigning champions in their first-ever NBA Finals appearance. The 1948 Baltimore Bullets beat the Warriors in the second season of the NBA’s existence.

Golden State’s quest for a three-peat came up short in its final game at Oracle Arena.

It took the Raptors 25 seasons to finally win an NBA championship. Despite the long wait, it should be worth it for Toronto (and Canada, for that matter).

As for Kawhi Leonard, he has a player option worth $21.3 million for the 2019-20 NBA season. The big question now looms: Will he stay in Toronto?  Raptors fans can only hope Leonard wants to win more championships north of the border.