The first game of the NBA Finals for the first time in 24 years was a party in the making.
Then the Raptors’ paler Pascal Siakam and the entire Raptors’ team decided to give something to everybody for celebrating.
Siakam was able to lead the Toronto Raptors win over Golden State Warriors with his playoff career-high score of 32 points. Raptors won over the Warriors in the Game 1 of the NBA Finals by 118-109 on Thursday night.
Raptors, who were the newcomers at the NBA big stage, hardly looked like newcomers as they controlled the match for the most part of the night against the veteran team like Golden State who is making their 5th consecutive appearance at the NBA finals.
Siakam said, “I think we did a pretty great job at home. Man, the fans were really amazing. From coming out of the warm-up to the game and then to the end, they were simply supportive and they were going crazy. Never have I seen anything like that in this sport.”
Kawhi Leonard, who struggling with his legs still scored 23 points for the team while Marc Gasol added in 20 points for the team.
As for Warriors, they were led by Stephen Curry who scored 34 points while Klay Thompson added in his 21 points for the team who has previously won all the game 1 in their last four NBA final series. Still, all of those games were played at home by the Warriors but this time, talk about home advantage, Warriors do not even have a home country advantage.
Thompson said, “Our goal was to get one and as far as I am concerned, it is still on the table. So we know that we are going to respond like the champions we have been over the years.”
Game 2 is also going to be played in Toronto on Sunday night. Toronto is hosting the NBA finals for the first time after Toronto Raptors were able to enter NBA back in 1995 as an expansion team.