OAKLAND, Calif. (WIBW) - The Toronto Raptors have their first NBA title. And a former Wichita State Shocker had a whole lot to do with it.
In a 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, Fred VanVleet scored 22 points to help Toronto take game six and clinch the NBA Finals. The Wichita State alumnus also made five three-pointers in the win, shooting 45% from deep and 43% from the field in 34 minutes.
The guard scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. Three of VanVleet's five made three's came in the final frame, including one with 3:46 to play to give Toronto a 104-101 lead.
The former Shocker scored in double figures in six of his last seven postseason games. He averaged 14 points per game for the Finals, shooting 44% from the field and 40% from three. VanVleet's 16 three-pointers in the final series are the most for a player coming off of the bench in the history of the NBA Finals.
While VanVleet played a supporting role, Kawhi Leonard continued to be Toronto's star. He scored 22 points while racking up six rebounds, three assists and two steals in game six to clinch Finals MVP honors for the second time in his career.
Leonard scored 732 points this postseason. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that is the third-most by any player in a single postseason behind Michael Jordan in 1992 (759) and LeBron James in 2018 (748).