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Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and forward Draymond Green, left, steal the ball from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 07, 2019 - 10:02 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest from Friday night's Game 4 of the NBA Finals (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Golden State has started fast in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Kevon Looney shook off injury and came off the bench to provide a big boost, and the Warriors lead Toronto 23-17 after the first...
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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 - 1:14 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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Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson walks off the court after practice for the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Game 4 of the NBA Finals is Friday, June 7, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 06, 2019 - 5:59 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Everyone knows about Klay Thompson's ability to get dangerously hot in a hurry on offense. His stingy defense might just be the thing that matters most when he returns for the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night with his team trailing Toronto 2-1...
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 06, 2019 - 2:30 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the incident during which Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was shoved by a courtside Warriors' fan (all times local): 12:20 p.m. An NBA spokesman says the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens at Game 3 of the NBA Finals was "beyond unacceptable." NBA...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, foreground, reaches for the ball in front of Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
June 06, 2019 - 12:03 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — For every amazing shot in a career night by Stephen Curry on his home court, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green kept finding dazzling answers of their own. The Toronto Raptors decided to "let it rip," and now they have the momentum again in these back-and-forth NBA...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge speaks with members of the media during NBA basketball media day Monday,, in Canton, Mass. Ainge spoke to reporters Wednesday, June 5, 2019, for the first time since his second heart attack and vowed “my role’s not going to change.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
June 05, 2019 - 3:26 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving can opt out of his Celtics contract and become a free agent. Gordon Hayward might never play like he did before his injury. It's possible Brad Stevens won't figure out a way to deploy all of the team's talent. There's one thing, though, that Boston boss Danny Ainge was...
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Former assistant basketball coach for the University of Southern California Tony Bland leaves federal court in New York, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Bland was the first of four ex-coaches charged with crimes to plead guilty to bribery conspiracy. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of probation. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
June 05, 2019 - 1:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former assistant basketball coach for the University of Southern California dropped his head in relief Wednesday when a judge announced he won't go to prison for accepting a bribe to steer young athletes to a particular manager. Tony Bland was sentenced to 100 hours of community...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) acknowledges cheers from the crowd before the start of the final NBA basketball game of his career, against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. William Morrow announced Wednesday, June 5, 2019, that Wade, who retired at the end of the 2018-2019 season, has a memoir coming out called “3 Dimensional,” scheduled for release in October. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
June 05, 2019 - 7:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Basketball great Dwyane Wade, who retired at the end of the 2018-2019 regular season, has a memoir coming out this fall. William Morrow announced Wednesday that the book is called "3 Dimensional" and is scheduled for Oct. 22. It will focus on the "essential principles" of Wade's...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) stretches to keep the ball from Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) as he drives to the net during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 7:52 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Toronto star Kawhi Leonard filed a federal lawsuit against Nike on Monday, saying the footwear and apparel giant is blocking him from using a logo that he believes he owns. The suit was filed on a travel day for the NBA Finals; Leonard and the Raptors flew to Oakland,...
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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) stretches to keep the ball from Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) as he drives to the net during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
June 02, 2019 - 11:00 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors relied on a champion's heart to overcome their weary bodies. Klay Thompson scored 25 points before leaving with a hamstring injury, Stephen Curry had 23 and the Warriors ran off the first 18 points of the second half on the way to a 109-104 victory over the...
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