The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 year and conclusion of the 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 by a group based outside the USA. In his first year playing with the Raptors after being obtained via a trade during 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 very first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, along with the league’s first finals with matches played outside of the USA. Home-court advantage was awarded 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 the then-two-time defending NBA-champion Warriors did not possess home-court advantage. Also for the first time over the past five postseasons, the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers did not meet in the tournament round. This was the very first finals since 2010 not to include LeBron James, who played in the previous eight finals together with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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