NBA: Toronto Raptors defeat Golden State Warriors in game one of Finals

Toronto have downed Golden State in game one of the NBA Finals.

The Raptors, seeking a first championship in the team's history, won 118-109 in front of a jubilant crowd in Toronto's Scotiabank Arena on Friday (NZT).

Toronto's All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard has dominated the playoffs averaging 31 points a game, but it was team-mate Pascal Siakam who fired up their squad with 32 points on a stunning 14 of 17 attempts. Leonard added 23.

The Warriors, seeking their third-straight title and fourth in five years, were led by Steph Curry's 34.

They had nine days off between sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals and the rust showed.

Game two is in Toronto on Monday with the following two of the best-of-seven finals series in Oakland.