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Warriors slip past Raptors in Game 5, force Game 6 in Oracle

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TORONTO (Diya TV) — On the brink of a crumbling dynasty, Stephen Curry stepped back and shot a three. It was the shot which held the Warriors’ fate tight in its grasp. And the Splash Brother made it happen. Twenty four seconds later, the other Splash Brother did the same. Draymond Green sealed the deal by blocking a shot as the clock ran out. And just like that, with less than two minutes left in the game, the Warriors took the lead and won Game 5. It was a flashback to the 2015 Warriors.

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The Warriors had seized the lead and maintained it during the first, second, and third quarters. It was late in the fourth quarter when Kawhi Leonard lead his team to a six-point lead against the Warriors. With every shot, the Raptors surged closer to their first NBA Finals win. That was, until the Splash Brothers released a surge of three-pointers. In 3 minutes, they hit three three-pointers, scoring 9 points, while the Raptors scored 2.

The victory, however, came at a cost. Although the Warriors forced a sixth game, Kevin Durant suffered a devastating injury in the first half of his return. As Steve Kerr described, it was “…an incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.”

The Raptors, on the other hand, came in dominant. However, the presence of Kevin Durant proved too much in the first quarter and the Warriors stole the lead. Once Kevin Durant was hurt, they had the upper hand. DeMarcus Cousins came through for the Warriors, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes, the Raptors outscored the Warriors in the fourth quarter, when Kevin Durant was not playing. Kawhi Leonard lead the fourth quarter comeback with 12 points in that quarter. Lowry, Ibaka, Powell, and him were the only Raptors that scored during that quarter. Siakam and Danny Green were limited to a mere 16 points combined, 12 and 4 respectively. However, Marc Gasol made up for it, scoring 10 points in the first quarter alone.

Game 6: Second Chance

The Raptors have another chance to win their first NBA title, their second of three. They cannot take any comfort from the fact that they are undefeated in Oracle this season. The Warriors, will have to find a way to win in Oakland to keep the series alive. Game 6 will star both teams racing to win the title. The Warriors need to win two more games, whereas the Raptors need to win just one. Will the Warriors be able to pull this feat off, or will the Raptors seal the deal with one game to spare?

Game 6 is on Thursday, June 13 in Oracle Arena at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific.

Check out DiyaTV’s court-side analysis of Game 5 by Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe.

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Raptors win first ever NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors

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Toronto Raptors win 2019 NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) —  The first Canadian team ever to win the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors fought earnestly and took down the NBA’s newest dynasty: the Warriors. The Raptors faced many hurdles in the playoffs, trailing 1-0 against the Magic and 2-0 against the Bucks. They put all of that behind and surged towards a 3-1 start in the Finals, which became increasingly difficult for the Warriors to overcome as they were tackled with injuries.

Kawhi Leonard, the Finals MVP, joined an elite group of players which have won a Finals MVP on two different teams. Among these players are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James, and now Leonard with a Finals MVP with San Antonio and Toronto.

Toronto was filled with star-power, with Fred VanVleet stepping up in the fourth quarter with three-pointers, and Pascal Siakam taking crucial layups in the paint. Kyle Lowry contributed throughout the series, whether rebounds, points, or simply aggression was needed. This lineup, together, took down NBA’s lastest dynasty.

The Warriors, however, put up a worthy fight, staying inches away from winning even with their best player Kevin Durant out and then the sudden loss of Klay Thompson in Game 6. Both teams fought with fervor and passion, with the Raptors inching closer to the Larry O’Brian Trophy as every second on the clock.

Looking Ahead

With the offseason looming, many questions are yet to be answered. Will this Raptors team maintain its core and stay together? If so, will they be able to storm into next season with skillful play? Most likely, yes. After what they have put together, the intention would be to establish themselves as the new NBA dynasty and completely overthrow the Warriors. Nick Nurse won his first championship in his first season coaching the Raptors. With the coach not likely to move, it seems as if the core will stay in place.

The Warriors’ offseason is uncertain, as this aging team has its contracts expiring. Kevin Durant is invariably out for next season after suffering a devastating achilles injury. Will he stay with the Warriors, or will he sign with another team? His injury may influence which team picks him up, as he will be out of commission for the upcoming season. Klay Thompson will become a free agent, but will he stick with the Warriors and his fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry, or lead another team? In addition, players like Andre Iguodala and Shawn Livingston are aging and may not be able to play as much. The Warriors will need to cultivate the young players, like Alfonzo McKinnie, to be successful.

This was the Warriors’ last game in Oracle Arena, as next season, they will be moving to Chase Center in San Francisco. Will they be able to make a championship run there, or will the Raptors emerge victorious again? It all remains unanswered, but for now, the Raptor roars.

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Modi, Jinping meet to deepen India & China ties

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India China ties

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to strengthen ties in a number of fields. Modi even tweeted about the meeting in Chinese.

Seattle Rep. Pramila Jayapal took to the pages of the New York Times in an opinion piece to disclose she once had an abortion. Jayapal said she’s speaking out now because of intensified efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Border Patrol agents believe the body of a child found near the Arizona-Mexico border is a 7 year old girl from India. Agents encountered two women from India who said they had become separated from a woman and two children hours earlier

And the Toronto Raptors became the first NBA team outside of the United States to win a championship, beating the two-time defending Champion Golden State Warriors on their home floor in the final game played at the fabled Oracle Arena 114-110. The game 6 victory was marred by another significant injury to a Warriors player. Klay Thompson tore his ACL and is expected to miss much of next season.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Raptors edge Warriors 114-110 to win 1st NBA Title | 2019 NBA Finals

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Raptors win NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — The Toronto Raptors claimed their first NBA championship, defeating the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors in the final game ever played at Oracle Arena, home of the Warriors for 47 seasons.

The 114-110 victory in Game 6 means Toronto is the first team from outside the United States to win an NBA title.

Kawhi Leonard won the 2019 Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the third player to earn the honor with multiple teams, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James. Leonard previously won the award with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.

Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur and Jonathan Choe analyze the Raptors win and how the Warriors not only lost the game and the series, but their superstar Klay Thompson as well.

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