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The latest from Game 6 of the NBA Finals


1:35 a.m.

Celebrations continue in Toronto following the Raptors' historic win in the NBA Finals.

While most of the festivities have been peaceful, two police cruisers parked on a downtown street were damaged by fans.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries or arrests.

An official parade for the Raptors will take place in Toronto on Monday at 10 a.m.


12:40 a.m.

Thousands of Raptors fans spilled out onto the streets of downtown Toronto to celebrate their team's historic win.

They waved flags, honked horns and danced as they made their way to Yonge-Dundas Square.

Police had closed several streets in the downtown core prior to the game.

They urged fans to be safe and celebrate responsibly.

The City of Toronto says a parade to celebrate the Raptors win will take place Monday morning. 


12:05 a.m.

"And that's how we do it in the North."

That's what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted moments after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, becoming the new champions.

Trudeau also tweeted a photo of himself with two of his children and the family dog watching the game at home earlier tonight.

Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer also congratulated the Toronto team on their "historic win."

"A game we'll always remember," he tweeted after the game.


11:52 p.m.

The Toronto Raptors have dethroned the Golden State Warriors to become the new NBA champions.

And all of Canada is celebrating.

Thousands of fans gathered at Toronto's Jurassic Park and thousands more across the country erupted in joy as the final buzzer finally sounded.

"It's the best day of my life," said one fan, John Cook.


11 p.m.

In downtown Montreal, thousands of Raptors fans braved the rain, forming a red tide in front of a big screen on Peel Street.

The crowd had formed an hour before tip off, waving flags, bouncing beach balls and cheering, as organizers handed out "We the North" T-shirts.

One fan was booed when he showed up wearing a blue Warriors T-shirt, but he ripped it off to reveal a Raptors jersey.

The Warriors shirt was then set on fire, burning until police moved in to extinguish it.

A second outdoor viewing party was held a few blocks away on Crescent Street.


10:45 p.m.

After watching their team earn a season-opening win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, some Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans took to watching the Raptors-Warriors game at Tim Hortons Field.

A few remained in their seats but a majority went down on the field and sat on the turf and watched the action on the scoreboard television.

The Raptors were leading at halftime in Game 6 of the NBA Finals as they try to win their first championship.


9 p.m.

Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors is getting underway at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

Halifax-born singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan performed Canada's national anthem, while Pat Monahan of pop-rock act Train sang The Star Spangled Banner.

Thousands of fans are gathered in Toronto's Jurassic Park to watch their team attempt to win their first NBA championship.

The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and have another chance at claiming their first NBA championship tonight.


8 p.m.

Love of the Raptors has translated into record spending in bars in Canada.

Payments firm Moneris says spending in the Greater Toronto Area was up 95 per cent during Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, compared with the same day last year.

Nationally, spending jumped 63 per cent as fans gathered to watch the Raptors play against the Golden State Warriors in Toronto.

The city that saw the biggest spending increase during Game 5, which the Raptors lost by one point, was Edmonton, with a 279 per cent jump.

Game 6 of the NBA Finals is tonight in Oakland, Calif.


— With files from Liam Casey, Dan Ralph and Ugo Giguere

The Canadian Press

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