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Raptors rout Bucks to knot series 2-2

TORONTO, ON- MAY 21 - Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) rejects Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe (6) as the Toronto Raptors play the Milwaukee Bucks in game four of the Eastern Conference NBA Final at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. May 21, 2019. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

TORONTO (AP) With a weary Kawhi Leonard fighting through fatigue, the Toronto Raptors found enough energy to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kyle Lowry led the way.

Lowry scored 25 points, Leonard had 19 and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 120-102 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece.


Doncic, Young headline all-rookie team

NEW YORK (AP) With Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.

Doncic and Young were unanimous first-team selections for the NBA All-Rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Phoenix's Deandre Ayton, Memphis' Jaren Jackson and Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III are also on the first team, which was chosen by 100 voters who cover the league.


Pelicans' Griffin to meet with AD in LA

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin asserted Tuesday that luring new general manager Trajan Langdon away from a playoff team in Brooklyn is an example of positive momentum in New Orleans that should make Anthony Davis reconsider his trade request.

Griffin said he hopes to meet with Davis in Los Angeles, where Davis has an offseason home, around the time player agents are hosting workouts in southern California for clients that are eligible for the NBA's June 20 draft.


Warriors eager for rest before finals

And now, they wait.



Beilein to lead 'renaissance' with Cavs

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers' basketball history stared the new coach in the face.

He wants to make it richer.


Blazers bond together, reach West finals

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers faced a number of challenges on the journey to their first Western Conference finals in 19 years.

But there was one they couldn't overcome: The Golden State Warriors.


Connelly eager to finish job in Denver

DENVER (AP) The prospects of a return home to Washington were undeniably appealing to Tim Connelly.

Not nearly as alluring as this: Finishing what he's started.


Wolves hope to modernize with Saunders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Three decades after their entry into the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have deployed an aggressive plan to modernize their operation.

What better way, they concluded, than to hire the youngest head coach in the league?


Williams hoping to bring Suns stability

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years.

The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year's 19-63 finish.


Magic: Pelinka reason for my resignation

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Frank Vogel's determination to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday.

Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The former Lakers great appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and said general manager Rob Pelinka "betrayed" him, which was one of the reasons he resigned as president of basketball operations. That put the GM in the position of using most of Vogel's 26-minute news conference to respond.