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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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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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