While the Toronto Raptors continued their quest for their first title in franchise history in Oakland on Friday night, what may be the final NBA game at Oracle Arena was filled with plenty of Raptors fans cheering on their squad.
Chants of ‘Let’s go Raptors’ were common throughout the second half of Toronto’s 105-92 victory, which secured a 3-1 advantage in the NBA Finals.
Following the final buzzer, as has basically become tradition on the road throughout the postseason, supporters of the Raptors lifted their voices as one to sing Canada’s national anthem.
These could very well be the final scenes within Oracle Arena — the cathedral that the Golden State Warriors won so many games in during their last half-decade of dominance — before it closes its doors.
The Warriors will begin to play their home games at the Chase Center in San Francisco next season.
“It's really amazing,” said Toronto’s head coach Nick Nurse following the game. “It's Canada's team, and Canadians from all over the country are traveling down and making plans when we play...”
“Surprises me a little in The Finals because I don't think it's that easy to get tickets to these games, so our fans are working extra hard and being extra vocal, and we appreciate that.”
Game 5 of the series will be at Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.
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