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Leonard leads Raptors to 1st NBA Finals

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TORONTO (AP) Kyle Lowry stole the ball and pushed it ahead, then waited for Kawhi Leonard to arrive before feeding his All-Star teammate for a thunderous one-handed slam over Giannis Antetokounmpo .

"The building exploded after that dunk," Leonard said.

It sure did. Now imagine how it will sound when the NBA Finals come to Toronto for the first time next week.

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Reigning Warriors await newcomer Raptors

The first NBA game was in Toronto.

And now, the NBA Finals are headed there.

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Nets hire Hawks' Peterson as asst. GM

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn Nets have hired Jeff Peterson as their assistant general manager.

Peterson replaces Trajan Langdon, who was hired as the New Orleans Pelicans' GM.

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Warriors try to savor another finals run

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry hears the dynasty discussion about his Golden State Warriors during another postseason run.

Draymond Green realizes special teams only stay together for so long before something breaks them apart.

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Blazers make Stotts extension official

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have formally announced that coach Terry Stotts signed a contract extension through the 2021-22 season.

The extension was first revealed the day after the Trail Blazers were eliminated from the postseason by the Golden State Warriors, but terms were not released.

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Giannis, Harden lead All-NBA first team

NEW YORK (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker also were big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced.

Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were announced Thursday.

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Durant out, Cousins iffy for Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kevin Durant won't be ready to play in time for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on May 30.

The two-time reigning finals MVP has yet to return to on-court work while recovering from a strained right calf.

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Slumping Bucks on brink of elimination

MILWAUKEE (AP) Mired in their worst skid of the season at the worst possible time, the Milwaukee Bucks need an answer in the Eastern Conference finals.

A lineup change didn't provide one, so the Bucks have to come up with something else in Toronto.

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Suns' Holmes arrested for marijuana

MIAMI (AP) Phoenix Suns big man Richaun Holmes was arrested for misdemeanor possession of cannabis after a Miami-area traffic stop.

Twenty-five-year-old Holmes was arrested Tuesday night along with former Brooklyn Nets forward James Webb III after authorities say the found a recently used marijuana joint inside their vehicle.

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Gobert, George, Giannis head All-defense

NEW YORK (AP) 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.

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