Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard hoists the trophy after the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
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The NBA Finals are set after the Toronto Raptors won the Eastern Conference championship Saturday night and earned the right to play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors. For the Raptors, it'll be the first time on this stage; for the Warriors, it'll be an 11th trip to the Finals and fifth in a row, as they look for a fourth crown in the last five seasons.Game 1 is Thursday night in Toronto, which will become the first city outside the U.S. to play host to a Finals game -- a milestone that comes just about 73 years after Toronto was the site of the first game in NBA history.The Raptors weren't around then: Toronto's first NBA team was called the Huskies, a club that went 22-38 in its only season. While it is the first Finals trip for the Raptors franchise, many players on the team have been there.By the time Game 1 rolls around, the Warriors will have been off for 10 days.Either Game 4 or Game 6 -- on June 13, if it goes that far -- will be the final time the Warriors call that building home.
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