Toronto Raptors: NBA champion in Canada cheered - two injured by gunfire
Hundreds of thousands of basketball fans celebrated the first NBA title for the Raptors' home team in Toronto: five open double-decker buses with the crew and their families on Monday had trouble making their way through the crowds at the parade in the Canadian metropolis.
The Raptors' ownership company expected up to two million attendees to attend the "biggest party Toronto has ever seen". On the sidelines of the event, however, there was an incident: Two people were shot near the Nathan Phillips Square in the city center and heavy, but not lethally injured, the police said via Twitter. Two people were arrested and two firearms were secured. Further details are not known yet.
The only Canadian-based team in the North American basketball league had secured the championship last week. The Raptors scored the crucial 114-110 victory over defending champion Golden State Warriors in Oakland and clinched the final series with 4-2 victories in their favor. It was the first time that the Raptors got the NBA title (read more here).
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also present at the ceremony in Toronto congratulating the team around Kawhi Leonard - he had been honored as the most valuable player in the final series. The Raptors have been celebrating since winning in Oakland, Leonard said. "The past few days have been terrific, no sleep, much party, and so we will continue."