Raptors' Kyle Lowry silences critics with NBA Finals Game 6 performance


SportsPulse: What was once thought to be an impossible task is now reality: The Toronto Raptors have won the NBA Championship, dethroning the Warriors.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard won the NBA Finals MVP, but teammate Kyle Lowry might have earned something almost as sweet.

A break from his critics.

Lowry, the Toronto Raptors point guard, had 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to help propel the Raptors to the NBA title with a 114-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

“He gets more slandered than anybody I ever seen in the league,’’ said Fred VanVleet, the Raptors backup point guard.

They were ripping Lowry after his disappointing performances in Game 1 and Game 2 of the NBA Finals. They were ripping him again when he failed to get off a clean shot on a potential game-winner at the end of Game 5.

But Game 6 on Thursday was a tough night for his critics, as Lowry scored the Raptors first 11 points — on 4-for-4 shooting, including two 3-pointers — and staked his team a 11-2 lead.

Lowry finished the quarter with 15 points, giving the Raptors an important early jolt. In the end, he matched teammate…

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