The newly-crowned Toronto Raptors of the NBA, who won the title in Oakland, California on Thursday night, apparently had too much fun celebrating in Las Vegas. Expected in Toronto on Saturday, they will sleep an extra night in Sin City.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, owner of the franchise, said the Raptors had extended their trip and would be back in Toronto in time for a victory parade and rally in the city on Monday, a spokesman told TSN .
Players are expected to walk the parade route in open-air outdoor open-top busses, the Larry O & # 39; Brien Championship Trophy by their side. The parade must begin at 10 am ET and end at 12:30 pm at Nathan Phillips Square.
Drake, the superstar of hip-hop and originally from Toronto, was the unofficial party leader of the party Friday night at the XS Nightclub.
"Las Vegas, let's cheer on this incredible team," Drake said during the festivities. according to the Review-Journal. "I want to encourage each of my brothers!"
Toronto beat Golden State 114-110 in Game 6 for the first franchise NBA championship. The best seven-year series has been a great success for Canada.
The NBA said Friday that 56 percent of the Canadian population watched at least part of the finals of the NBA, with an average audience of around 8 million spectators for the sixth game.
The league also said that the total combined audience of the United States and Canada for the finals had increased by 11% compared to the total number of viewers in the 2018 series of titles between Golden State and Cleveland.
Thursday's game was the most watched NBA match in the history of Canadian television, a record that was flipped over several times during the post-season because of the popularity of the Raptors. The audience for each of the six games in the final is one of the 10 most-watched television shows in Canada so far this year.
"All those who supported us during the season, all fans in Toronto, all Canadians, is for you," said the Raptors striker. Serge Ibaka said after the title win. "It's for Canada, baby, you should be proud."
The NBA said that online sales made via the official portals of the league had broken records for the day after the end of a series of championships, up more than 80% over the previous mark ( set during Cleveland's win over Golden State in 2016). the day after the Cavaliers' sweep by the Warriors last season.
The information provided by the Associated Press was included in this report.