There was a special guest in attendance at Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday and Toronto made sure to give him a warm welcome.
When the camera panned to former President Barack Obama late in the second quarter, fans in Scotiabank Arena erupted into an “MVP” chant while giving him a standing ovation.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 3, 2019
Obama’s plans to attend the game were not announced until just a few hours before tipoff. He was reportedly going to accompany Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however Trudeau stayed home.
Instead, Obama entered beside Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 2, 2019
The Warriors topped the Raptors 109-104 to tie the series at 1-1.
Golden State fell behind early, but came on strong as usual in the third quarter. The two-time defending champions kicked off the second half on an 18-0 run, and Toronto couldn’t recover quickly enough.
Game 3 of the NBA Finals will take place Wednesday at Oracle Arena.
The matchup will tip off at 9 p.m. ET.