VanVleet, Raptors clinch East to reach NBA Finals

TORONTO – For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Raptors have won the NBA’s Eastern Conference and will play for the league’s ultimate prize, the Larry O’Brien trophy.

The Raptors stormed past the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-94, to close out the East Final in six games, winning the series on home court in Toronto. Kawhi Leonard paced the Raptors with 27 points and 17 rebounds.

Rockford native Fred VanVleet continued his offensive renaissance in Game 6, scoring 14 points off the bench, hitting 5 of 6 from the field and 4 of 5 from three-point range. After scoring 10 total points over the first three games of the series, VanVleet totaled 48 points over the final three games against the Bucks.

Now the Raptors face the ultimate test for any team in the NBA Playoffs – a date with the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Game 1 of the championship series is set for Thursday, May 30 in Toronto, as the Raptors will have home court advantage by virtue of their better regular season record.

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen

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