While we were watching the Toronto Raptors narrowly defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the NBA first round on Thursday night, their D-League affiliate was making history.
In just their second season of existence, the Mississauga-based team defeated Rio Grande Valley 122-96 in front of 4,824 fans at the Hershey Centre.
Raptors 905 was the best team throughout the regular season and proved they were the best team in the playoffs, too.
Under first-year head coach Jerry Stackhouse, they finished the regular season with a 39-11 record. Two series sweeps against Canton and Maine set up a finals matchup with Rio Grande Valley.
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After losing Game 1 on Sunday, Raptors 905 came back with a big win on Tuesday to level the series.
That set the stage for the series-deciding game, and Stackhouse’s team was clutch.
Raptors 905 forward Pascal Siakam was named championship MVP. The 6-foot-8 Cameroon native had 17 points in the final game, to go with seven rebounds, and four assists. Bruno Caboclo and Fred VanVleet also led the way, scoring 31 and 28 points, respectively.