The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 year and conclusion of this year’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 with a group based outside the USA. In his first year playing with the Raptors after being obtained via a trade throughout the off-season, Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second time in his profession.
This was the very first NBA Finals appearance for the Raptors, along with the league’s first finals with matches played out of the United States. Home-court advantage was awarded to Toronto, who finished the regular season with one more triumph (58–24) compared to Golden State (57–25). This was the very first time in five consecutive NBA Finals appearances that the then-two-time defending NBA-champion Warriors did not have home-court advantage. Additionally for the first time over the past five postseasons, the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers did not match in the tournament round. This was the first finals since 2010 not to include LeBron James, who played with at the past eight finals with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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