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James, Irving each score 41 in Cavs Game 5 win

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving saved their best performances of the playoffs thus far for when it mattered most — the duo combined for a total of 82 points scored in Cleveland’s 112-97 victory, denying a sold out crowd of 19.596 the opportunity to see a Bay Area team clinch a championship at home for the first time since 1974.

James added another 16 rebounds and seven assists to his final stat line in the game, Irving grabbed six rebounds and distributed three assists of his own. The two became the first pair of teammates in NBA history to each score 40 points in the same game in the NBA Finals.

It’s precisely the type of effort head coach Tyronn Lue and the team was looking for.

“We just want them [James and Irving] to be aggressive, continue to attack like we’ve been talking about all series,” Lue said during his postgame interview. “And they had two great games, two breakout games. We need those two guys to give us confidence early, and they both did that.”

For James, the win represented just one thing: Survival.

“We’re just happy we got another day. That’s all we can ask for,” James said after the win. “We got another day to survive. We’re going to start preparing tonight, start prepping tomorrow, and whenever Game 6 is we’ll be ready.”

Kevin Love returned to Cleveland’s starting lineup for the first time since sustaining a concussion in Game 2 — veteran reserve Richard Jefferson started in his place the last two games. Love played 32 minutes in the game, going 1 for 5 for two points.

The loss was just the fourth time all season the Warriors have been beaten on their home court.

Tied at 61-all at halftime, the Warriors returned to the court for the second half and missed 14 of the first 20 shots they attempted. Golden State shot 7 for 21 in the third quarter, and just 36.4 percent for the game.

Klay Thompson scored 37 points in the game, 18 of which came from 3-pointers. Fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 25 of his own, sinking five 3-pointers, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing four assists. He also blocked two shots in the game.

Starting center Andrew Bogut went down hard in the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury, he required assistance to get off the court and down the tunnel, visibly unable to put any weight on the leg. Kerr said the big man will undergo an MRI on the knee tonight.

Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said his squad, playing without its best defender in Draymond Green, became defensively exposed in the loss. He said lack of communication on the court likely played a large factor in the breakout performances of James and Irving.

“We weren’t very good defensively,” Kerr said. “We obviously knew we were without Draymond, so there’s no point in harping on that. We had to play better, and we didn’t. Both those guys played terrific games, shot the ball well. I thought our defensive communication was lacking.”

Due to his suspension, Green was banned from the arena, and instead watched the game from the privacy of a luxury box suite at the next-door Oakland Coliseum, where the MLB’s Oakland Athletics were taking on the Texas Rangers. General manager Bob Myers and former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch were there to keep him company.

 

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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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India, Pakistan spar over women’s rights in Kashmir

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NEW YORK (Diya TV)  — At the United Nations, both India and Pakistan’s representatives took shots at their counterpart over women’s rights. Islamabad’s outgoing envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the women in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering due to the communication blackout in the state. India’s First Secretary to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said, without naming Pakistan, these “baseless statements” were ironic given the amount of honor killings that take place there annually.

Rajeev Majumdar is the new president of the Washington State Bar Association, becoming the first state bar president of South Asian descent in the United States.

For the first time, India entered the ranks of the top ten countries sending visitors to the United States, with tourists from India spending nearly $16 billion in the U.S. in 2018 alone.

And while the Kings and Pacers played two entertaining games in Mumbai, their legacy will include supporting five under-resourced schools in and around the region, outfitting them with Smart Classrooms, STEM training and new basketball courts.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Gandhi 150th birth anniversary noted around the world

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) —  Celebrations for Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary have been ongoing for the past year, but culminated with a ceremony in New Delhi featuring Prime Minister Modi and another in Washington at the Library of Congress. And France’s government worked with the Indian Embassy there to issue a stamp in honor of his birth anniversary.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal are meeting this week to continue the US-India discussion on trade and investment.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb came to New Delhi to strengthen ties between the Hoosier State and India. Infosys has already made a large commitment there. Holcomb is part of a large delegation of Americans now heading Mumbai to take in the first-ever NBA preseason games in India featuring the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings.

Bollywood turned Hollywood actor Anupam Kher came to the Bay Area to keynote the Akshay Patra annual fundraising gala that helps feed children in India a hot meal during the school year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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