Golden State Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors attempts a shot against Serge Ibaka and Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals in Toronto, Canada. (Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 11 June 2019

Golden State Warriors hang on to stay alive, win Game 5 of NBA Finals

  • The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes
  • Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but could not get the final shot

TORONTO: Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Klay Thompson added 26 as the defending champion Golden State Warriors edged Toronto 106-105 Monday to sustain their hopes of winning the NBA Finals.

The Warriors pulled within 3-2 in the best-of-seven championship series and forced a sixth game Thursday at Oakland, California, with game seven if needed back in Toronto on Sunday.

On a night when Warriors star Kevin Durant returned from a right calf injury but played only 12 minutes before going out with another lower right leg injury, Golden State barely denied the Raptors their first NBA crown.

Kawhi Leonard, who led Toronto with 26 points, sank a back-to-back 3-pointer and jumper to give the Raptors their largest lead at 103-97 with 3:28 remaining.

But the Warriors answered with Thompson and Curry sinking 3-pointers and Thompson hitting another to put Golden State ahead to stay at 106-103 with 57 seconds to play.

Kyle Lowry cut the lead to the final margin with 30 seconds remaining and the Warriors made a final turnover when DeMarcus Cousins was whistled for a foul while trying to set a screen.

That gave Toronto a last chance but the Warriors double-teamed Leonard and Lowry missed a corner 3-point shot at the buzzer.

“Do or die,” Curry said. “It wasn’t pretty in the second half but we just made the shots.”

Saudi riders with Olympic dreams to compete in Diriyah

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Saudi riders with Olympic dreams to compete in Diriyah

  • The event will see top international riders compete in Al-Diriyah
  • New Saudi tourism visas will allow equestrian fans to attend the competition

Saudi Arabia’s national team is set to compete at the Diriyah Equestrian Festival, which will be held northwest of Riyadh in the UNESCO protected area of Al-Diriyah.

The competition will be held between Dec. 12 and 14 and again on from Dec. 19 to 21 at the Al-Duhami Farm, the General Sports Authority announced on Wednesday.

The six-day event will see Saudi Arabia’s leading equestrian and show-jumping athletes compete for their place among the world’s top international riders.

Points scored during the competition will count towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

This event is part of the month-long Diriyah Season, a festival of sport, entertainment and cultural events.

Saudi Arabia’s Olympic medallist Ramzy Al-Duhami will be the host of the festival.

“We are hoping to raise the show-jumping circuit in the Kingdom to an international elite standard,” Al-Duhami said.

He added: “Organizing an international World Cup Event in Saudi Arabia for future generations is a privilege. Riding on your home ground is an honor. I am looking forward to the future of our sport at this standard.”

Authorities hope to see international fans attend the competition following the recent announcement of the new tourist visas for the Kingdom. At least 49 countries can now secure fast tourist visas online to attend the festival.