A walk down memory lane, the last time the Raptors saw the second round

The stage was set, Drake was in his seat and the Raptors finally won a playoff series, ending a 15-year slump.

That's right, in case you forgot the last – and only – time Toronto's basketball team made it to the second round was back in 2001. The team looks a lot different than it did back when they closed out the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.


To put things into perspective, the last time the Raptors advanced to the second round, they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. Allen Iverson and company went on the lose to Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the NBA finals. Those two teams finished this season at the bottom of their respective conferences. 


Here's what was going on around the world the last time the Raptors were able to close out a playoff series.

Oh, hey, Jimmy!

Drake may be the Raptors' global ambassador now, but the last time his team got to see more than the opening round of the playoffs, he was making his debut as Jimmy on Degrassi.


Diamondbacks on top of the World

The Arizona Diamondbacks won their first – and only – World Series Championship in 2001, becoming the fastest expansion team in the major leagues to win a championship, doing it in the franchise's fourth season.


Box Office blockbusters

The first installments of Fast and Furious, Legally Blonde, and Harry Potter all came out in 2001. Oh, and Oscar winning actress Anne Hathaway? She was making her acting debut in Princess Diaries.

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(IMDB)


Tragic accident at Daytona

Dale Earnhardt, one of auto racing's biggest legends, was once again in contention on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Tragedy struck when Earnhardt crashed into the wall and had to be pulled from his car. The racer was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead from a skull fracture upon arrival.


​Early millennial jams 

Lifehouse, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez featuring Ja Rule were on top of the Billboard charts.


Raptor Throwback

Oh and Raptor Luis Scola? He was busy making it to the 2001 Eurolegue final with Saski Baskonia and a much shorter hairdo.

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(euroleague.net)


Not only did the win mark the first second-round berth in over a decade but also marks the first Game 7 win in franchise history leaving every Raptors fan like: 

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