Cars honked, exhilarated fans chanted and long lines formed outside bars and restaurants in the streets of Toronto well into the night Saturday after Toronto Raptors defeated Milwaukee Bucks to pass the NBA Eastern Conference final 4-2.
The raptors will play in the NBA finals for the first time after beating Bucks 100-94 in a historic game that saw thousands of fans out in the Jurassic Park, the outdoor fan zone and the streets surrounding the Scotiabank Arena.
A fan sea dropped "We The North" and "Let & # 39; s go Raptors" while police cars, TTC buses and streetcars were at a party.
"I'm so pumped. I'm so happy, but so tired from cheering," said 22-year-old Jesse Fairbloom outside the arena. "Getting home will be nuts."
Leading up to Games 6, fans were lined up to pack Jurassic Park just like a thunderstorm rolled through the city. It asked the Toronto police to post on Twitter shortly after 6 pm that they would not open the fan zone on schedule due to security considerations – a ban lifted one hour later and did not subdue supporters' decisions.
Standing outside Union Station, Duska Males, 27 and Katie Scott, 30, said they were "ecstatic" to hear the festivities continuing after waiting in line for two hours. The two friends drove more than an hour from Waterloo, Ont., To see the game.
The pigeon from the humming crowd could be heard one kilometer from the arena, and elsewhere in the city, groups of people stumbled around smartphones and peered through sports windows to catch a glimpse of the game.
As the game approached, some bets placed on the future Drake dragons, the Toronto rapper who became a vocal and sometimes polarizing ambassador for their home team. Possible options included if Drake were to touch Raptor's head coach Nick Nurse as he did in Game 4, and if Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo would talk to Drake.
Drake had a black hoodie that read on the back: "Kawhi Me A River" and unlike Game 4, when he criticized Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer and Buck's fans for his courting antics, Drake was on his best Saturday night behavior when he bounced up and down during the game.
The city will only have a handful of days to recover before Raptor's host of the Golden State Warriors in Games 1 in the NBA final on Thursday.
Drake's Plan of God bursts over the speaker.
"Yes, they wish and wish and wish and wish"