The Toronto Raptors lost out last night to the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the big 113-87 reverse confirming their elimination from the race for the NBA title.
The Raptors disappointed in the Eastern Conference Finals, succumbing to the Cavaliers firepower despite managing to fight back from two games down and without a hope to drawing level at two apiece, before fading again.
But last night, for the fans in attendance at the Air Canada Centre, It didn't matter that the Raptors were down 20 barely minutes a few minutes left on the clock and heading out of the playoffs. They were still as raucous as ever, something that LeBron James picked up on.
Even after the Raptors were eliminated in a blowout, the fans inside the arena stayed in their seats in order to serenade their squad with ear-splitting chants.
Speaking in his postgame on-court interview with ESPN's Doris Burke, LeBron had to take a minute to give props to the raucous Canadians who cheered their fans when things were going badly just as much as they were when things were going well.
"Do you hear this?" he said. "Unbelievable respect, and much respect to these fans, to this country, this is unbelievable. I've never been a part of something like this in my 13-year career."
LeBron's teammate on the Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson is Canadian and a Toronto native, and he spoke about the fans as well.
"Makes me proud to be Canadian to see all this support," he said.
Despite being eliminated, the Toronto fans had every right to cheer their team. The Raptors had their best ever season as a franchise, making the Conference finals for the first time and providing those supporters with memories that will last forever.