Kawhi Leonard named Finals MVP as Raptors win first championship

Watch as Kawhi Leonard is named winner of the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award.

Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP after leading the Toronto Raptors to the franchise’s first-ever championship Thursday night.

Leonard’s 22 points Thursday helped propel the Raptors to a 114-110 win over Golden State, closing out the series in six games and ending the Warriors’ championship run.

Leonard has been dominant all post-season, averaging just shy of 31 points per game heading into Thursday’s matchup and approaching some pretty remarkable history with his post-season point totals. He finishes the playoffs with a total of 732 points, which ranks him third on the all-time list for most points in a single post-season behind just LeBron James (748 in 2018) and Michael Jordan (759 in 1992).

In addition to being the best player on the floor on a near-nightly basis throughout these playoffs, Leonard has been a force in the Finals, registering at least 30 points in Games 2, 3, and 4.

The 27-year-old now has two Finals MVP nods to go with his pair of NBA Championship titles — he took down LeBron James and the dynastic Miami Heat as a member of the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, squashing Miami’s hopes of a third consecutive title, and has now halted Golden State’s quest to do the same.

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