Oct. 22, 2019 is a date the Toronto Raptors will never forget.
After winning their first title in franchise history, the Raptors received their championship rings and unveiled their championship banner in front of a sellout crowd at Scotiabank Arena on opening night of the 2019-20 season.
The rings the Raptors received are made up of 74 diamonds, representing the number of wins during the 2018-19 season, including one large diamond in the trophy to celebrate the team's first championship. They are the largest NBA championship rings ever made.
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Big team. Big rings. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/0SzYsZZI7y- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 22, 2019
The Raptors went on to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans in an overtime thriller on ring night. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet led the way - Siakam with a 34-point, 18-rebound double-double, VanVleet with 34 points to go along with seven assists.
It made for a historic game: Siakam and VanVleet became only the fifth duo ever to each score 34 points in a season opener, per Justin Kubatko of StatMuse.
🔥 @pskills43 & @FredVanVleet put together strong performances in the @Raptors home opener vs. NOP! #KiaTipOff19 #WeTheNorth- NBA (@NBA) October 23, 2019
Siakam: 34 PTS, 18 REB, 5 AST
FVV: career-high 34 PTS, 7 AST pic.twitter.com/lUEwALTEFL
The Raptors finished the 2019-20 season with a 53-19 record, the second-best in the Eastern Conference. They advanced to the second round of the playoffs, losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
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