NBA Finals

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, raises a Toronto Raptors jersey on the 18th green after winning the Canadian Open golf championship in Ancaster, Ontario, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 10, 2019 - 10:38 am
TORONTO (AP) — It was just past midnight Monday morning, and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri decided it was time to go see the people. So he headed outside — to the line of fans waiting to get into Jurassic Park, a group of die-hards who had been in line for hours and hours and hours already...
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Mark Jackson, right, talks with Jeff Van Gundy before Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2019. ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jackson credits faith, confidence and longtime friendships with Van Gundy and Mike Breen as the main catalysts for his longevity and why he is working his 12th NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
June 10, 2019 - 2:56 am
Mark Jackson has always had a different way viewing sports. He didn't just listen and watch, he observed the action. The three-dimensional approach has served him well. "I listened as a fan, I watched as a wannabe coach and wannabe player. I would listen to the games in a weird way as a kid, and...
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Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet applauds from the bench after receiving several stitches from an elbow to the face from Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 09, 2019 - 5:57 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet had a face that only a country of hockey fans could love. A bandage covering stitches under his right eye. Swelling near the side of his nose. Fresh dental work to repair a damaged tooth. His day off in the NBA Finals consisted of a trip to the hospital and then the...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites his shoe laces during an NBA basketball practice in Toronto, Sunday, June 9, 2019, ahead of Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 09, 2019 - 5:01 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The word of the day Sunday that best summed up the NBA Finals was "yet." As in, Golden State isn't ready to give up its throne — yet. Kawhi Leonard hasn't bought any property in Toronto — yet. The Raptors don't see any reason to start celebrating — yet. And Kevin Durant's Game 5...
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Golden State Warriors Kevin Durant watches during basketball practice at the NBA Finals in Toronto, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 09, 2019 - 2:00 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Kevin Durant was playing basketball on Sunday. The Golden State Warriors hope he will again on Monday. With the Warriors' backs to the wall now in the NBA Finals, Durant — now out for more than a month with a strained calf — was taking the practice floor on Sunday in an effort to...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, bottom, dribbles against Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol during the second half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 08, 2019 - 12:39 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard's hot hand is sending the Raptors home to Toronto on the cusp of a startling upset for Canada. Leonard outdueled the Splash Brothers for 36 points and 12 rebounds, and the Raptors moved within a victory of the franchise's first championship by winning a second...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard shoots against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 07, 2019 - 11:41 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest from Friday night's Game 4 of the NBA Finals (all times local): 8:40 p.m. The Toronto Raptors are one win from their first NBA title. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, Serge Ibaka came off the bench to score 20 points and the Raptors beat the...
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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, middle, gestures next to referee Marc Davis (8) near the front row of fans during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. A fan seated courtside for Game 3 of the NBA Finals was ejected after shoving Lowry when the Raptors star crashed into a row of seats while trying to save a ball from going out of bounds on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
June 07, 2019 - 4:57 pm
Mark Stevens will have to watch on TV when the arena he and his fellow investors are building in San Francisco opens next season with what they hope will be another championship ring ceremony for the Golden State Warriors. The billionaire venture capitalist's yearlong punishment for shoving Toronto...
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June 07, 2019 - 3:45 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kirk Hammett of Metallica says with all he's accomplished in his career, playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the NBA Finals between Toronto and Golden State is still a huge thrill. Hammett and former "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino stop by the latest episode of "...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, June 5, 2019, referee Marc Davis, left, gestures toward Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens, partially obscured in blue shirt, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif. An NBA spokesman said Thursday the conduct of Stevens at Game 3 of the NBA Finals was "beyond unacceptable." NBA Executive Vice President for Communications Mike Bass says that Stevens will not be permitted to attend games until the review of the matter is complete. The Warriors had already said he wouldn't be attending any more games in this series. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 07, 2019 - 2:14 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toronto guard Kyle Lowry wanted the Golden State Warriors' executive who shoved him during an NBA Finals game ousted from the league. The NBA decided a one-year ban and $500,000 fine is enough for now. Mark Stevens, a Warriors' investor and a member of the team's executive...
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