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Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals

May. 19, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With Kevin Durant out, Draymond Green has taken it upon himself to boost Golden State. And boy, has he. Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Green had...

Bucks lead East finals 2-0, and now series shifts to Toronto

May. 18, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have more than held their own against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton so far in these Eastern Conference finals. Other than some pretty boxscores, the Toronto Raptors have nothing to show for those efforts. The supporting cast hasn't supported much for Toronto, and with what...

Blazers head home for Game 3, down 2-0 to Golden State

May. 18, 2019 2:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard says Golden State did its job and protected home court. Now it's time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland on Saturday with Golden State holding a 2-0...

Halfway: Bucks top Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 East finals lead

May. 18, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo started the game with an emphatic dunk. The next possession, a sprawling block to deny Marc Gasol. The next possession, another dunk. The tone was set. And it never changed. The Eastern Conference doesn't belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks — yet....

Giannis, George finalists for NBA MVP and defensive award

May. 17, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George have a chance to be both the NBA's MVP and its Defensive Player of the Year. Reigning MVP James Harden is the other finalist for the league's top award. The NBA announced three finalists for six individual award categories Friday, based on voting...

Warriors remain optimistic Durant will return in postseason

May. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr remains optimistic Kevin Durant will return from a right calf injury to play for Golden State at some point this postseason but isn't guessing when that might be. "There's definitely some gray area with any injury but with a calf injury like that especially," Kerr said...

NBA bans Pacers' Evans for violating league anti-drug policy

May. 17, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the league's anti-drug policy. The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday. He can apply for reinstatement in 2021. Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard declined...

After a scandal and a year in Australia, Bowen targets NBA

May. 17, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — From the center of an FBI investigation that rocked college basketball, Brian Bowen hopes he is back on a path to the NBA. Consider the combine this week one important stop. "People know the situation. People know what happened, obviously," he said. "They don't really harp on that. They want...

Not every NBA player will put body on line to take a charge

May. 17, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toronto guard Kyle Lowry squarely planted his feet and braced for contact with Milwaukee Bucks athletic big man Giannis Antetokounmpo barreling down on him. Lowry, one of the best in basketball at taking a charge, absorbed the punishment and drew a foul against the 6-foot-11...

Bucks seeking 2-0 lead over Raptors in East finals

May. 17, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

When the season started, everyone knew the Eastern Conference would have a new king. LeBron James left Cleveland, having taken his talents to Los Angeles. And even Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn't sure who would take his place. "I didn't know we were going to be in the Eastern Conference finals or...