The 2019 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA)’s 2018–19 season and conclusion of this 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, making the franchise its first NBA championship as well as the first win by a team based outside the United States. In his first year playing the Raptors after being obtained using a trade throughout 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 games played outside of the USA. Home-court benefit was awarded to Toronto, who completed the regular season with an additional win (58–24) compared to Golden State (57–25). This was the first time in five consecutive NBA Finals appearances that the then-two-time defending NBA-champion Warriors did not have home-court advantage. Also for the first time over the previous five postseasons, the Warriors as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t meet in the championship round. This was the first finals since 2010 to not include LeBron James, who played with at the past eight finals with Cleveland and the Miami Heat.
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