Inside The Box Score: 2019 NBA Finals, Game 6

06/14/2019 at 02:06am

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time in franchise history after knocking off Golden State 114-110 in Game 6 in Oakland on Thursday night. Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP for the second time in his career - making him just the third player to ever win Finals MVP with two different franchises, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James, and the first to do so in both conferences.


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  • The Raptors had four players score at least 22 points in their title-clinching win in Game 6 - Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam each scored 26, while Kawhi Leonard and Fred VanVleet each scored 22.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Raptors are the first team since the 1987 Lakers to win the NBA Finals with at least six players averaging double figure points per game in the series.

  • The Raptors won three of the four quarters tonight to finish the series with a 17-5-2 edge in quarters won in the series. Toronto won 70.8 percent of the 24 quarters played in this NBA Finals.

  • The Raptors became the fifth team in NBA Finals history to win three straight road games, joining the 1953 Lakers, 1990 Pistons, 1991 Bulls, 1993 Bulls and 2001 Lakers.

  • Toronto went 4-0 at Oracle Arena this season - winning their regular season game in Oakland and sweeping all three games during the Finals.

  • The Raptors finished the series outscoring the Warriors by 34 points. Toronto's four wins were by a total of 40 points, while their two losses were by a total of six points.

  • Game 6 featured 18 lead changes and nine ties - the highest mark in both categories in this series. Entering Game 6, there were a combined total of 35 lead changes and 12 ties in the first five games of the series (an average of 7.0 lead changes and 2.4 ties).

  • Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP for the second time in his career. He finished the series with averages of 28.5 PTS, 9.8 REB, 4.2 AST, 2.0 STL and 1.2 BLK, while shooting 43.4 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 90.6 FT% and playing 40.5 MIN over the six games.

  • For the entire postseason, Leonard averaged 30.5 PTS, 9.1 REB, 3.9 AST, 1.7 STL and 0.7 BLK on 49.0 FG%, 37.9 3P%, 88.4 FT% shooting splits while averaging 39.1 MIN over 24 games.

  • Leonard's 732 total points scored during Toronto's postseason run are the third most ever by a player in a single postseason, trailing only Michael Jordan (759 in 1992) and LeBron James (748 in 2018).

  • Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam combined to score 1,187 points this postseason, tied with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for second-most by teammates in a single playoffs in NBA history. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are the only pair to have recorded more (1,222 in 2012).

  • Kyle Lowry came out on fire to start the game, as he scored the first 11 points for the Raptors - a layup and a trio of 3-pointers - in the first 2:12 of game time. He finished the first quarter with 15 points, which were more than he had scored in Game 1, 2 or 4. He entered Game 6 averaging 14.2 points.

  • Lowry finished with 26 points and 10 assists (which created another 22 Raptors points). He was responsible for 48 of Toronto's 114 points (42.1%) with the points he scored or created by his assists. His plus-16 in 42 minutes was the highest mark of any player in Game 6.

  • Pascal Siakam finished with 26 points on 10-17 FG, 3-6 3P and 3-4 FT on Thursday. The Raptors went 6-0 this postseason when Siakam scored at least 25 points, with two of those wins coming in the Finals (Games 1 and 6). The Raptors went 9-3 during the regular season when Siakam scored at least 25 points.

  • Klay Thompson finished with a game-high 30 points before exiting the game with 2:19 to play in the third quarter. Thompson suffered a knee injury after being fouled on a fast break dunk attempt with 2:22 to play in the third quarter. After being assisted off the court, he returned to shoot his free throws, drawing a huge ovation from the Oracle crowd. After making both, the Warriors fouled in order to sub him out and he did not return.

  • As he has done in previous Game 6 elimination games, Klay Thompson came to play. He shot 8-12 from the field, 4-6 from beyond the arc and a perfect 10-10 from the line and finished with a team-best plus-5 plus/minus in his 32 minutes on the court.

  • Draymond Green his sixth triple-double of the postseason - and second of this series - as he finished with 11 points and game highs of 19 rebounds and 13 assists. He is the only player to hit those marks or better in a playoff game in the past 35 seasons. There have only been five such games in the regular season over the past 35 seasons as Green joins Russell Westbrook (2x), DeMarcus Cousins and Fat Lever to post such a statline.

  • Stephen Curry finished with 21 points and missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with eight seconds left that would have given the Warriors a two-point lead. Curry's 21 points were his lowest scoring game of this year's Finals.


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  • Klay Thompson led all players in both effective field goal percentage (83.3%) and true shooting percentage (91.5%) in Game 6.

  • Among Warriors that played at least 12 minutes, Klay Thompson led the team in net rating at 5.8; no other Warrior that met that minutes threshold finished with a positive net rating.

  • Among all players that played at least 12 minutes, Kyle Lowry led the game in net rating at 21.3 in 42 minutes on the court. Serge Ibaka was a close second at 21.2 in his 22 minutes off the Raptors bench.


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  • The Raptors finished with a 37-20 edge in bench points in Game 6, with Fred VanVleet (22) and Serge Ibaka (15) leading the way. VanVleet single-handedly outscored the entire Warriors bench, 22-20.

  • Entering Game 6, the Raptors bench had a one-point advantage on the Warriors bench in the series; they finished plus-18 in the series thanks to their Game 6 dominance as the Warriors roster continued to be depleted.

  • The Warriors committed 17 turnovers that led to 17 Raptors points, with Kyle Lowry (six points) and Serge Ibaka (four points) doing the scoring off those turnovers.

  • The Raptors committed 12 turnovers that led to 13 Warriors points, with Klay Thompson (five points) and Andre Iguodala (four points) accounting for three-quarters of Golden State's points off turnovers.

  • Toronto finished with an 18-13 edge in fast break points, with Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard scoring five points apiece. Klay Thompson led all players in fast break points with seven.

  • The teams finished tied in both second chance points (14 each) and points in the paint (42 each). The Raptors had three players finish in double figures in points in the paint, led by Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka with 12 apiece.


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  • The 3-point shooting trend held true, that the team that finished with the most 3-pointers made won each game. In Game 6, the Raptors shot 13-33 from beyond the arc compared to 11-31 for the Warriors.

  • Game GSW 3PM TOR 3PM 3PM Margin Game Winner
    11213TOR +1TOR
    21311GSW +2GSW
    31217TOR +5TOR
    4810TOR +2TOR
    5208GSW +12GSW
    61113TOR +2TOR

  • Fred VanVleet scored 68.2 percent of Toronto's 3-pointers while he was on the court - that mark is 22 percentage points higher than any other Raptor (Kyle Lowry second at 46.2%).

  • Serge Ibaka scored 93.3 percent of Toronto's 2-pointers while he was on the court - that mark was nearly 40 percentage points higher than any other Raptor (Kawhi Leonard second at 54.5%).

  • The Warriors assisted on 71.8 percent of their field goals and 63.6 percent of their 3-pointers. The Raptors had a lower overall assist percentage (64.1% of their field goals), but assisted on 69.2 percent of their 3-pointers in Game 6.


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  • Both teams shot the ball well in Game 6 and finished with nearly identical effective field goal percentages on Thursday: TOR: 55.5 eFG% (third best percentage of series); GSW: 55.6 eFG% (second best percentage of series)

  • The Raptors held the advantage in turnover ratio as the Warriors matched with their second-highest mark of the series at 17.5 percent, compared to just 12.5 for the Raptors.

  • Neither team held a distinct advantage in either offensive rebound rate (23.9% for GSW, 24.4% for TOR) or free throw rate (0.375 for GSW, 0.354 for TOR).


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  • The Raptors held the edge in screen assists for the first time in the series as they finished with seven screen assists, leading to 17 Raptors points. Golden State finished with six screen assists for 14 points.

  • Kawhi Leonard finished with nine deflections in Game 6; no other player had more than four (Draymond Green).

  • The Warriors held and 11-5 edge in loose balls recovered, with Draymond Green and Klay Thompson gathering three apiece; no Raptor finished with more than one.

  • Kevon Looney contested the most shots in Game 6 with 15 in just 27 minutes. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 13 contested shots in 46 minutes.