ATTENTION EDITORS: RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT VIDEO SHOWS: RAPTORS VICTORY PARADE THOROUGH THE STREETS OF TORONTO SHOWS: TORONTO, CANADA.
JUNE 17, 2019 (CBC-NO ACCESS CANADA) 1.ONE OF THE RAPTORS OPEN TOP BUSES MOVING THROUGH STREETS 2.
SHOT OF MASSIVE CROWD WITH PAN BACK TO PARADE BUS 3.
RAPTORS STAR KAWHI LEONARD WAVING TO FANS 4.
RAPTORS PASCAL SIAKAM ON TOP OF BUS ACKNOWLEDGES FANS 5.
SHOT OF FANS ATOP BUILDING STORY: Around two million Toronto Raptors fans lined the streets of downtown Toronto to cheer on their hometown heroes in a victory parade on Monday (June17) to celebrate their first NBA championship that united Canada through basketball.Canadians from coast to coast and all the way up to the Arctic have been celebrating since the Toronto Raptors captured their first National Basketball Association championship in a country that is traditionally known as the home of ice hockey.
The Raptors clinched the best-of-seven series in Oakland, California last Thursday in six games by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors 114-110, sealing a nation-wide love affair with basketball.
The Raptors victory is the first major professional sports championship for a Canada-based team since Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.
Toronto has been waiting for its beloved Maple Leafs to win the NHL championship since its last Stanley Cup victory in 1967.
(Production: Peter Bullock)