Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

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Toronto Raptors' Marc Gasol, right, shoots over New York Knicks' DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Despite thousands of fans celebrating in the streets after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks to become the Eastern Conference champions last night, Toronto police confirmed that no arrests were made following the team’s historic win.

Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante says it’s “impressive” that Torontonians stayed out of trouble after fans spilled out of Jurassic Park, the outdoor fan zone beside Scotiabank Arena, and into the streets of Toronto to party into the early hours of Sunday morning.

On Saturday night the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time.

Thousands of fans took to the streets chanting “We the North” and “Let’s go Raptors” while police cars, TTC buses and streetcars honked in celebration.

Arrogante says even though she said she became aware of video footage that showed Raptors fans running through traffic and dancing on top of TTC streetcars, “nothing came of it” and police were able to ensure public safety.

Arrogante says officers were called to various spots around the city to assist with crowd control and directing traffic, but no one was arrested.

She says police will be out again Thursday night while the Raptors play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in Game 1 and she hopes fans will continue to have fun safely.

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