Raptors capture first NBA title, beat Warriors in Game 6

U.S. 06/14/19, 01:23

Kawhi Leonard raised his arms high in triumph and celebrated Canada's first NBA championship. "We the North!" is now "We the Champs!" Leonard and the Toronto Raptors captured the country's first major title in 26 years with their most remarkable road win yet in the franchise's NBA Finals debut, outlasting the battered ...

From the NBA Finals: Kerr, Nurse break down title series

Basketball 05/30/19, 10:20

Toronto coach Nick Nurse says his team expected to be in the NBA Finals all along, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr discusses the motivation level of his team on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now .Nurse details how he knew Raptors star Kawhi Leonard had another gear for ...

Analysis: Why the Raptors will win the NBA Finals

Sports 05/30/19, 01:44

Last time Kawhi Leonard played Golden State in the playoffs, he was running the Warriors off the floor.The only thing that stopped him that day was Zaza Pachulia's foot, which Leonard landed on after taking a jumper in the third quarter of Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals. ...

Warriors’ plan for stopping Kawhi is throw everything at him

Sports 05/29/19, 15:58

Draymond Green believes he's the best defensive player in basketball. Klay Thompson sought inclusion on the NBA's all-defensive team for years. Andre Iguodala, even at 35 years old, can still neutralize just about any opponent.Golden State has some big-time defenders, without question.And they all respect Kawhi Leonard's offensive game.Golden State ...

Analysis: NBA Finals will decide a champion, and much more

Sports 05/27/19, 10:45

It all comes down to this.No, really.It ALL comes down to this.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts as Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) looks on following the Raptors win Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals in Toronto on Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The ...

Leonard scores 27, Raptors advance to first NBA Finals

Basketball 05/25/19, 22:32

Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors into the NBA Finals for the first time with a 100-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to win the series in six games and will host the Golden State ...

Column: Raptors one-and-done gamble on verge of paying off

Sports 05/24/19, 17:04

This is what the Toronto Raptors had in mind all along.When they went all-in with the trade for Kawhi Leonard, they knew his time in the Great North was likely to be short.But this one-and-done gamble will certainly be worth it if Leonard can lift his team to five more ...

Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead

Sports 05/23/19, 22:39

Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.Leonard showed no obvious signs of the leg soreness that bothered him in Toronto's victories in the previous two games, hitting the 30-point mark ...

Gobert, George, Giannis headline NBA All-Defensive teams

Sports 05/22/19, 19:33

Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team.Boston's Marcus Smart and Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe rounded out the first team that was announced Wednesday.Gobert finished with 97 first-team points and 196 points, giving the Utah ...

Lowry has 25, Raptors rout Bucks 120-102 to even East finals

Sports 05/21/19, 22:19

Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 19 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 7-2 at home this postseason. Reserve ...

Leonard, Raptors hope to shake off fatigue for Game 4

Sports 05/20/19, 17:43

For Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, Monday was all about rest and recovery.Coming off a season in which he sat out 22 regular-season games and never played on back-to-back nights as part of a plan to manage his workload, Leonard played a playoff career-high 52 minutes in Toronto's double-overtime victory ...

Leonard scores 36, Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2 OTs

Basketball 05/19/19, 21:30

Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, including eight in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat Milwaukee 118-112 on Sunday night to cut the Bucks' lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals.Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Norman Powell scored 19 points before fouling out, and Marc ...

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

Sports 05/18/19, 15:37

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 is almost ...

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

Sports 05/17/19, 22:09

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed on the way to beating the Toronto Raptors 125-103 on Friday night and taking a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in ...

Bucks finish with a flourish, rally to top Raptors 108-100

Sports 05/15/19, 22:11

Brook Lopez scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied in the final minutes to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to put ...

Simmons says he’s ready to play for Australia’s Boomers

Basketball 05/14/19, 23:18

Ben Simmons is set to play for Australia after confirming in an online video "I'm going to be a Boomer for the upcoming events."Simmons' NBA season ended when his Philadelphia 76ers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Kawhi Leonard's Game 7-ending buzzer-beater for Toronto.Simmons was criticized in ...

Bucks, Raptors to begin deciding Eastern Conference title

Sports 05/14/19, 17:10

There's a one-name superstar on either side: Giannis and Kawhi. There's a Milwaukee franchise that hasn't been to the NBA Finals in 45 years, opposite a Toronto franchise that has never been to the title round. The Bucks have a coach with an economics degree who wasn't there last year; ...

NBA conference finals preview capsules

Basketball 05/13/19, 11:56

Capsule previews of the Eastern Conference and Western Conference finals:EASTERN CONFERENCENo. 1 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (60-22, 8-1) vs. No. 2 TORONTO RAPTORS (58-24, 8-4)Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and teammates watch as the ball bounces around the rim as time begins to expire in an NBA Eastern Conference semifinal basketball ...

76ers leave Brown in limbo following crushing Game 7 loss

Basketball 05/13/19, 11:38

Brett Brown survived a 10-win season to steer the Philadelphia 76ers toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Brown's chances of returning for a seventh season as coach are on the rocks following back-to-back 50-win campaigns.So it goes in Philly, where patience with the Process has worn thin. The Sixers ...

Leonard, Raptors to face Bucks, Antetokounmpo in East final

Sports 05/13/19, 01:52

For the second time in four seasons, the Toronto Raptors are headed to the Eastern Conference final.While the Raptors won't have to deal with playoff nemesis LeBron James this time, they will face a tough task in controlling Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rest of the NBA's highest-scoring ...

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