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By Des Bieler Des Bieler Sports reporter covering national topics, including fantasy football, as well as supporting coverage of D.C.-area teams Email Bio Follow June 11 at 12:27 AM With a potentially historic Game 5 on Monday night, the Toronto Raptors d

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With a potentially historic Game 5 on Monday night, the Toronto Raptors decided that not just any national anthem singer would suffice. As it turned out, it wasn’t any one singer at all, but rather the thousands in attendance at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, who were enlisted to belt out «O Canada

The Raptors, who are seeking the franchise’s first NBA title, entered Monday’s game with a 3-1 series lead and a chance to eliminate Golden State at home. And ahead of the game, «The Star Spangled Banner» was performed by Monica.

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When it came time for the host nation’s anthem, the Raptors’ regular vocalist, Doug Tranquada, delivered the first verse before pointing the microphone toward the crowd of about 20,000

That resulted in a stirring scene, one that seemed to convey that all of Canada — including, of course, Raptors superfan and hip-hop superstar Drake — was behind the Raptors, who ultimately lost Game 5

The entire Raptors crowd joined in for 'O Canada' ahead of Game 5. 👏🇨🇦 #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/2ceo814scS

NBA TV (@NBATV) June 11, 2019 Here’s how «O Canada» sounded tonight: pic.twitter.com/UgwYpNrm2y

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 11, 2019 The hordes of fans in Jurassic Park, just outside the arena, were not to be denied their chance to sing «O Canada,» either

All of Jurassic Park singing ‘O Canada’ before a game where the Toronto Raptors could potentially win the NBA Championship is a moment I’ll remember forever. @globalnewsto #WeTheNorth #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/heos6ctmTW

— Kamil Karamali (@KamilKaramali) June 11, 2019 In 2006, Oilers fans in Edmonton similarly took charge of their anthem before a playoff game against the San Jose Sharks . In 2017, Oilers fans even pitched in on America’s anthem when audio issues arose before a game against the Anaheim Ducks

An incredible moment

When the mic doesn’t work, the crowd takes over & belts out The Star-Spangled Banner..

…In Edmonton

🇺🇸🇨🇦 #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/pWvrlknbV6

NHL (@NHL) April 30, 2017 Before Game 2 of the Finals last week in Toronto, pop singer Alessia Cara also took the opportunity to let fans help her sing «O Canada

Game 6 is Thursday in Oakland, Calif

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Des Bieler Des Bieler is a staff writer in Sports who covers a wide variety of topics, including fantasy football. He first settled in at The Post in 1995 and has proved difficult to dislodge. Follow

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