Toronto Raptors’ first-year Head Coach Nick Nurse led his team to its first NBA championship Thursday with a game-six win over the Golden State Warriors.
Toronto Raptors’ first-year Head Coach Nick Nurse led his team to its first NBA championship Thursday with a game-six win over the Golden State Warriors.

June 14, 2019

Toronto Raptors’ first-year Head Coach Nick Nurse, a Carroll native and Kuemper grad, led his team to its first NBA championship Thursday with a game-six win over the Golden State Warriors.

The four-point win — 114-110 — capped a hard-fought game on Golden State’s home court against the two-time defending champions, who have been wracked with injuries.

The Raptors came back from a two-game deficit in the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks to earn a chance at the championship.

Against the Warriors, the Raptors took a 3-1 lead in the series before losing a tight game Monday 106-105. That was the only game in which Warriors star Kevin Durant participated in the series, albeit briefly. He left early in the game with a ruptured right Achilles tendon.

The win Thursday clinched the series for the Raptors and Nurse, whose nearly 30-year coaching career has taken him to all corners of the globe, with more than 500 career victories along the way.

“All those jobs meant the world to me at the time,” Nurse said in a news conference after Thursday’s game. “I think you can’t do very good work if you don’t love what you’re doing. I never really got discouraged.

“I would hope it inspires some people who are in those situations to keep working."