The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 season and conclusion of the season’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 United States. In his first year playing with the Raptors after being acquired via a trade during 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 games played out of the United States. Home-court advantage was granted to Toronto, who completed the regular season with one more triumph (58–24) compared to 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 have home-court advantage. Additionally for the first time over the previous five postseasons, the Warriors as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers did not match in the championship round. This was the first finals since 2010 to not include LeBron James, who played in the past eight finals with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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