1. 2019 NBA Finals Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors Game 6.
While not a record in the dictionary definition, how could we resist putting this at No. 1? Helping the franchise etch their name in the NBA record books with a title means more than any combination of numbers does
June of 2019 will forever be remembered as the time the Raptors reached the pinnacle of success in the NBA, raising the Larry O’Brien trophy. It was a six-game Finals against the most recent dynasty in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors were appearing in their fifth consecutive NBA Finals, but were somewhat beat up physically because of the NBA’s grind.
Kevin Durant had suffered a calf injury during the second-round series vs. Houston and then tore his Achilles tendon vs. Toronto in game five of the Finals. DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala were also struggling with injuries, and then Klay Thompson tore his ACL in game six.
Lowry, alongside Kawhi Leonard, had impactful performances during the 2019 NBA Playoffs, whether the Raptors got lucky or not. Lowry had struggled in previous years but not in 2019. When Game 6 was over, Lowry had 26 points with 10 assists and 7 rebounds.
Kyle Lowry became an NBA legend in 2019.
The “GROAT” had accomplished the greatest feat in what is now a nine-year career with the team. He has 150 career double-doubles, and Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2019 may be the greatest of those games.
Lowry will be remembered as a Raptor for life and perhaps the most celebrated in team history. It is a guarantee that Raptor fans will cheer this Raptors legend with standing ovations every time he returns to Scotiabank Arena. He deserves it no matter what jersey he wears from now until the end of his career.