The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 season and conclusion of this 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 with a team based outside the USA. In his first year playing with 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 profession.
This was the first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, and 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 win (58–24) compared to 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 possess 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 to not include LeBron James, who played with in the past eight finals together with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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