Lawrence Brown Sr. and Lawrence Brown Jr. enjoy Game 5 at the Civic Centre. Son went home happier than father on this night, as the Warriors escaped Toronto with a one point victory. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

Raptors ‘Jurassic Park’ in Prince Rupert

Basketball fans show up in numbers for NBA Finals watch party at Civic Centre in Prince Rupert

There was a big crowd at the Civic Centre on Monday night, with fans hoping to witness history as the Toronto Raptors looked to close out their NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors.

The majority of fans did not see the result they wanted though, as the Raptors came up one shot short in their quest for their first ever championship.

READ MORE: Stayin’ Alive: Warriors edge Raptors to force Game 6 in NBA Finals

If Toronto is able to take Game 6, or a potential Game 7, it will also be the first NBA title to ever come north of the border. That has communities across the country excited for the possibility.

Despite only announcing the event earlier in the day, the Civic Centre crowd saw several dozen people come out to watch. Popcorn and a massive projector screen were the draws, along with the on-court product thousands of kilometres away.

The Raptors had some struggles in the first half, mainly from the three point line, but kept it close at halftime. A third quarter surge by Golden State ran the deficit to double digits, before a push by Toronto set up a thrilling finish.

The Raptors had their chance to close out the game up by six late, but Golden State’s star guard duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson went on a personal 9-0 run to swing momentum. Kyle Lowry had a final shot at the buzzer to win the title, but by missing the mark it means fans gathered at watch parties across the country will have to put their title dreams on hold.

Fans remained positive despite the loss however, and will be bringing the same enthusiasm and hopefulness into Game 6 on Thursday. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

The Civic Centre will be hosting another viewing party for Game 6 on Thursday night, June 20, and are hoping for an even bigger crowd as Toronto gets a second shot at the championship. The scheduled start time for the game is 6 p.m.


Alex Kurial | Sports Reporter
Alex Kurial 
Send Alex email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

basketballNBA

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Budget is dam good!

Proposed 2020 budget include no tax increase and road repaving

Breakfast Club of Canada launches the day right

P.R.M.S. students are fed the benefits of community partnerships

Chinese New Year celebrates 2020 year of the rat

Lions woken in rare traditional Chinese New Year ceremony

Terrace cab stolen, found destroyed along Hwy 16 riverbank at rest stop near Prince Rupert

Driver was sent to hospital after stealing the running vehicle from company lot

Wet’suwet’en pipeline supporters speak up

“Protesters get one side of the story and they stand up with their fists in the air.”

Protecting privacy key to stopping spread of COVID-19, B.C. health officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in B.C. remains at seven

UPDATE: Arrests made, tires slashed on patrol cars in northern B.C., says RCMP

But a Gitxsan hereditary chief says 14 were arrested, as fight over natural gas pipeline continues

Toffoli scores OT winner as Canucks beat Habs 4-3

Demko makes 37 saves for Vancouver

Private clinics would harm ‘ordinary’ people using public system in B.C.: lawyer

Health Minister Adrian Dix announced in 2018 that the government would begin to fine doctors $10,000

B.C. terminates contract with hospice society refusing assisted death

Delta Hospice Society loses hospital service fund of $1.5 million

Child in hospital following fatal crash that killed father, sibling on B.C. highway

The single vehicle crash occured near Kamloops on Highway 5A

‘Die!’: Vernon councillor mailed death threat

This story contains information that might be sensitive to some readers

Hidden message connects Castlegar homeowners decades apart

The Rodgers family was surprised when a message fell out of the walls as they were renovating

Most Read