Watch Raptors celebrate 2019 NBA championship (video)

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The Raptors’ title earned them validation.

For their hard work.

For their sacrifice.

For their excellent play.

They maintained such steely resolve throughout the playoffs until an incredible joy burst through after Game 6 of the NBA Finals last night.

On the court:

And in the locker room:

My favorite moment was Kawhi Leonard – often panned as robotic, but back where he belonged last night – cutting loose: