The poster of the NBA Finals is known. The Toronto Raptors, who qualified in the night from Saturday to Sunday, will face Golden State Warrior from Thursday.
This is the first time the Toronto Canadiens will play the title of the North American Basketball Championship. They eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks after a 4e victory 100-94. The qualification goes to the first team, who defeats his opponent four times; the rule is the same in the final.
With 27 points scored, 17 rebounds taken and 7 assists, Kawhi Leonard has contributed greatly to the qualification of his. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam added 17 and 18 points respectively. Milwaukee Greek winger Giannis Antetokounmpo gave his team the lead with 21 points, but that was not enough.
Toronto was able to reverse the match as the team was up to 15 points behind in the twoe and 3e quarter. The trend was also reversed on the entire showdown as Toronto lost the first two games against Milwaukee.
"We never surrendered. Even with 15 points, everyone contributed and fought, "said Leonard. "It's surreal to be in the final. It was our goal of the season. We will savor this moment, but it's not over, "assured the former San Antonio player, crowned NBA champion in 2014 with the Spurs. "I just want to win. I do not care about being the best player. I want to be in the best team, "he added.
The challenge will be great in the final for the team created in 1995. His Californian opponent Golden State will play for the fifth year in a row. He is two-time defending champion and also winner in 2015.
Toronto will be able to count on broad support in their country, disappointed by the performance of its ice hockey teams, the sport-king in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conveyed his encouragement: "What a memorable party! The Raptors, it's time to bring the trophy back to Canada. "