The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 season and conclusion of the 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, earning the franchise its first NBA championship in addition to the first win with a group based outside the USA. In his first year playing the Raptors after being obtained using a trade throughout the off-season, Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second time in his career.
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 awarded to Toronto, who completed the regular season with one more win (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 didn’t possess home-court advantage. Additionally for the first time within the previous five postseasons, the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers did not meet in the tournament round. This was the first finals since 2010 to not include LeBron James, who played at the previous eight finals together with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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