Harden Scores 41 as Rockets Outlast Warriors 126-121 in OT

first_imgBy KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer.HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden made a 3-pointer to finish off the Golden State Warriors in overtime.Eric Gordon helped the Rockets get to that point with the best playoff performance of his career.Harden scored 41 points, and Houston outlasted the Warriors 126-121 on Saturday night to cut the deficit in the Western Conference semifinals to 2-1.A layup by P.J. Tucker put Houston up by three with about 2 minutes left and the Warriors missed shots on their next two possessions. That set up the 3-pointer by Harden with 49 seconds left that made it 124-118.Kevin Durant made three free throws after that, but Harden added a layup to stretch the lead. Stephen Curry, who dislocated a finger in Game 2, missed a wide-open layup and Harden grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.Gordon added a playoff career-high 30 points with a playoff-best seven 3-pointers.“It’s all about bringing something to the table, offensively, defensively every single night to give yourself a chance to win,” he said.Durant said Gordon was “very important” to Houston’s win.“He kept them afloat for a while,” he said.The Rockets withstood a 46-point performance from Durant and late surge by the Warriors to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.Game 4 is Monday night in Houston.Harden led the team despite recovering from injuries to both eyes he sustained in Game 2 when he was hit in the face by Draymond Green. He said they didn’t bother him on Saturday, but both eyes remained bloody red in spots.“That’s James. That’s what he does,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.Curry finished with 17 points on 7-for-23 shooting after missing two layups in overtime. He wouldn’t say if his injury was limiting him on Saturday night.“I’ve just got to make those,” he said. “If I’m out there playing, I’ve got to produce and it just didn’t happen tonight.”Green added 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.Houston was clinging to a one-point lead when Iguodala’s 3-pointer put Golden State up 112-110 with 45 seconds remaining in the fourth. Harden made two free throws a few seconds after that to tie it and Durant missed a jump shot on the other end to give Houston a chance to win it in regulation.Chris Paul was in the lane when Klay Thompson forced a jump ball. Harden got the ball but didn’t have time to get a shot off before the buzzer.The Warriors used a 15-2 run at the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth to take a 94-93 lead with about 10 minutes remaining. Durant was unstoppable in that stretch, scoring all 10 of Golden State’s points to start the fourth.Tucker, Houston’s defensive stopper who had been on the bench with four fouls, re-entered the game to try and help slow Durant down. Tucker was really unhappy while he sat on the bench and watched Durant singlehandedly give Golden State the lead.Asked if he said something to D’Antoni about it to get back in the game he said: “Oh, I said something to all of them.”Durant cooled off after that, but Iguodala and Thompson both made 3-pointers soon after that and the Warriors remained up by a point with about 8 minutes left in the fourth.The Rockets were up by nine at halftime, and Harden and Paul made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions in the third to push the lead to 72-61.A 3-pointer by Curry cut Houston’s lead to seven later in the period before Houston used an 8-2 spurt to extend it to 83-70 with about 3 minutes left in the quarter.Houston had a 12-point lead after a dunk by Clint Capela with less than a minute left in the third. Golden State scored the last five points of the quarter, with a 3 from Green, to get within 91-84 entering the fourth.Houston got out to a much better start on Saturday night after being outscored 57-39 in the opening quarter of the first two games and the Rockets only trailed by one entering the second.They used a 33-point second quarter, powered by 13 points from Gordon, to take a 58-49 lead into halftime.TIP-INSWarriors: Durant passed Dwyane Wade for 10th place on the NBA’s career playoff scoring list. … Iguodala scored 16 points. … Golden State made 14 of 33 3-pointers.Rockets: Gordon has made at least three 3-pointers in all eight playoff games this year. … Capela had with 13 points and 11 rebounds. … Paul had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. … Tucker led the team with 12 rebounds and had three assists, two blocks and seven points.TUCKER’S VALUED’Antoni and Kerr as well as players from both teams raved about the job Tucker did.“We say it all the time, Tuck doesn’t do any of the glamorous stuff,” Paul said. “All the stuff he does doesn’t show up on the stat sheet … but it’s always nice for other people to see it and appreciate it.”Kerr said Tucker’s offensive rebounding down the stretch was a key.“The plays P.J. Tucker made in overtime and the fourth quarter, those were big plays,” Kerr said. “Those are indicators of who played harder.”Said D’Antoni: “Tuck would not let us lose.”HARDEN’S EYESWhen Harden was asked if his eyes bothered him considering how they looked on Saturday night he answered with a straight face.“What do you mean, how they look?” he asked.Paul jumped in quickly with the answer.“They look crazy,” he said laughing before Harden snickered, too.UP NEXTAfter Monday’s game the series shifts to California where Game 5 is on Wednesday night. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Final Walking in Spirit event attacts hundreds in Maskwacis

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsMASKWACIS, ALTA — Hundreds of people walked 17 kilometres in 30 degree temperatures for the fourth and final Walking in Spirit suicide awareness event in Maskwacis Thursday.Holding handmade signs with the names of loved ones who took their own lives, participants braved the scorching heat as a symbol of the pain each person who died  may have experienced in life.In the past three years, 60 people have taken their own lives in the community.The walk originally stemmed from the vision of Mason Buffalo who four years ago decided to take action against suicide that has hit the community hard in the last decade.He set out to walk from each of the four directions over four years and now believes a space has been made for changes to take form.“With our prayers sent from the four directions we lifted the cloud over Maskwacis,” said Buffalo.He said everyone struggles with mental illness and has dealt with some sort of trauma in their lifetime. He too fought his own demons and suffered from suicidal thoughts even in the recent past.“Even the last four years have been the worst. I used to turn to alcohol to not think about anything. But I’ve made a conscious decision to better my life and great opportunities have been coming to me,” he said.The efforts to combat suicide are not stopping here. He is advocating for a healing lodge to be built in the community.“If we had a treatment center here there will be people who will want to get help there. There’s usually waiting lists in other treatment centers and the ones who get in a lot of times are court ordered. The ones who can’t get in turn to suicide because they want to give up.”He said leadership of the four bands that make up Maskwacis are supportive of the idea.His father Patrick Buffalo, a council member at Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis is also supportive, but said effective treatment plans need to be further explored.“We have a long ways to go in healing our community,” said Patrick. “I know for a fact that people can offer all sorts of programs but at the end of the day what is it that works?”Patrick is proud of his son for taking the lead on a grassroots level to tackle suicide. And said now people are more open to talk about it which wasn’t always the case.“This has been a problem for a long, long time. Mason took a huge leap in creating awareness but we need to continue creating awareness, educating, so that there are options and support mechanisms put in place so people can have someone to reach out to,” he said.Buffalo hopes a youth member of Maskwacis will carry on leading the walk in the years [email protected]last_img read more

Sahitya Akademi

first_imgBooker-Nominated Jeet Thayil and Bengali novelist Subrata Mukhopadhyaya were among 24 authors selected for this year’s Sahitya Akademi Awards, which was dominated by poets. Twelve of the 24 awards went to works of poets, which included K Sachitandandan (Marannu Vacha Vazhikal), late Bal Krishna ‘Bhaura’ (Tim-Tim Karde Tare) and Makhan Lal Kanwal (Yath Aangnaz Manz).Thayil, whose novel Narcopolis was shortlisted for Booker Prize, was selected for his poetry collection Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These Errors are Correct in English category.The Akademi said 12 books of poetry, six short story collections, four novels and one each of autobiography and criticism were selected for the awards this year, two of them posthumously.The awards were given to books first published between January 2008 and December 2010. The award carries Rs 1 lakh cash, engraved copper plaque and a shawl.Among the poets, other winners are Guneswar Musahary (Boro Khonthai Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix), Chandrakant Devtale (Pathar Fenk Raha Hoon), H S Shivaprakash (Mabbina Haage Kabniveyassi), Kashinath Shamba Lolienkar (Kavyasutra) and Darsan Buttar (Maha Kambani). Aaidan Singh Bhatti (Aankh Hinye Ra Hariyal Sapana), Ramji Thakkura (Laghupadhyaprhbandhatrayi) and Krishna Kumar Toor (Ghurfa-I-Ghalib) are the other poets who were selected for the award.Assamese writer Chandana Goswami was selected for her novel Patkair Ioare More Desh while Mukhopadhyaya was selected for his fiction Birasan. Other novelists are Jodha C Sanasam (Mathou Kanba DNA) and D Selvaraj (Thol).In Gujarati, Chandrakant Topiwala’s critical study Gujarati Sakshibhasya was selected for the award while in Maithili Shefalika Verma’s autobiography Kist-Kist Jeewan won the award.Six short story collections also won the award. Jayant Pawar’s Marathi collection Phoenixchya Rakhetun Uthala Mor, Uday Thulung’s Ekantvas (Nepali), Gourahari Das’s Kanta O’ Anyanya Galpa (Odia), Gangadhar Hansda’s Banchaw Akan Goj Hor (Santali), Late Indra Vaswani’s Miteea Khaan Miteea Taaeen (Sindi) and Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah’s Kathalu Vol 1 (Telugu) were the winners in this category.last_img read more

RKMIC kicks off annual exhibition

first_imgKolkata: Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary Ramakrishna Math and Mission opened the annual exhibition titled ‘The Wonder That Was India’ at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture on Monday. The exhibition will be held till May 30 and is open from 11 am to 5.30 pm except Sundays and holidays. The title of the exhibition is from a famous book ‘The Wonder That Was India’ by AL Basham, a noted historian and Indologist. The exhibition is divided into 8 segments. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe first part is on the 125th year of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago addresses while the second part is on the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita. Nivedita, herself a prolific writer, had studied Indian art seriously and wrote about it. Her interpretation of Indian art and culture has been appreciated by scholars and the students of arts. The third part is on the 80 years of Ramakrishna temple at Belur Math. The fourth part is on the sixteen disciples of Sri Ramakrishna while the fifth part is on Indian gods and goddesses. The third part is on the 80 years of Ramakrishna temple at Belur Math. The fourth part is on the sixteen disciples of Sri Ramakrishna while the fifth part is on Indian gods and goddesses. There are sections on the different facets of Indian art, wonders of India and also of the world. There is a section on Bengal, the cultural capital of India. The RKMIC is organizing annual exhibition for the past one decade.last_img read more

Be positive to keep heart disease at bay

first_imgPeople with a positive psychological state such as those who are enthusiastic or interested are likely to develop long-term healthy habits that are important for lowering the risk of heart disease, says a new study.The researchers found that patients who reported higher positive psychological states were more likely to be physically active, sleep better and take their heart medications and were also less likely to smoke, compared to patients with lower levels of positive states. “Negative emotions and depression are known to have harmful effects on health, but it is less clear how positive emotions might be health-protective,” said Nancy Sin, postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University in the US.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We found that positive emotions are associated with a range of long-term health habits, which are important for reducing the risk of future heart problems and death,” Sin noted.The researchers assessed psychological well-being of participants at baseline and again at a five-year follow-up. Physical activity, sleep quality, medication adherence and alcohol and cigarette use were also measured at baseline and again five years later. Higher levels of positive emotions were associated with less smoking, greater physical activity, better sleep quality and more adherence to medications at baseline, the study found. They found no correlation between positive emotions and alcohol use.  “Efforts to sustain or enhance positive emotions may be promising for promoting better health behaviours,” the study said.The findings appeared in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.last_img read more

LoP asks LG to inquire advocate appointments by AAP govt

first_imgThe only thing that went in favour of the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the judgment of Delhi high court on Friday was the appointment of advocates but BJP has now demanded the LG to order inquiry into these appointments.“The precious public exchequer is being squandered by the CM for his upmanship. As a Leader of Opposition, I am being denied the information regarding engagement of advocates and case-wise payments made to the lawyers,” said Vijender Gupta alleging crores are being paid to the senior advocates by the Delhi government.“I urge the LG to constitute a High Level Inquiry Committee to probe into the engagement of large number of advocates and payment of crores of rupees as fees to them,” he added. He claimed that he wrote several letters to the Chief Secretary for providing information on the fee paid to the advocates but he did not provide the information so far. “The AAP government is deliberately hiding information on payments made to lawyers,” alleged Gupta. He also alleged that payment to contractual lawyers and salary to prosecutors were hiked to around 600 per cent to benefit lawyers associated with AAP.last_img read more

Googles prototype Chinese search engine Dragonfly reportedly links searches to phone numbers

first_imgLast month, the Intercept informed that Google is reportedly building a prototype search engine for China called ‘Dragonfly’ which lead to Google employees pressuring Google to abandon the project on ethical grounds. Google has then appeased their employees stating that the project was simply an exploration and nowhere near completion. Now, there are fresh reports from the Intercept that Google’s custom search engine would link Chinese users’ search queries to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the government to track their searches. This means those who search for banned information could be interrogated or detained if security agencies got hold of Google’s search records. According to The intercept, Dragonfly will be designed for Android devices, and would remove content considered to be sensitive by China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime- which includes information about freedom of speech, dissidents, peaceful protest and human rights. Citing anonymous sources familiar with the plan—including a Google whistleblower having “moral and ethical concerns” about Google’s role in censorship, the Intercept revealed that “programmers and engineers at Google have created a custom Android app” which has already been demonstrated to the Chinese government. The finalized version could be launched in the next six to nine months,  after the approval from Chinese officials. What this means to other nations and to Google China has strict cyber surveillance, and the fact that this tech giant is bending to China’s demands is a topic of concern for US legislators as well as citizens of other countries. Last week, in an Open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the US Senator for Florida Marco Rubio led by a bipartisan group of senators, expresses his concerns over the project being   “deeply troubling” and risks making “Google complicit in human rights abuses related to China’s rigorous censorship regime”. He also requests answers for several unanswered doubts. For instance, what changed since Google’s 2010 withdrawal from China to make the tech giant comfortable in cooperating with China’s rigorous censorship regime. This project is also driving attention from users all over the Globe. Source: Reddit Google has not yet confirmed the existence of Dragonfly, and has publicly declined to comment on reports about the project. The only comment released to Fox News from a Google spokesperson on Sunday was that it is just doing ‘exploratory’ work on a search service in China and that it is ‘not close to launching a search product.’ In protest to this project last month, more than 1,000 employees had signed an open letter asking the company to be transparent. Now, some employees have taken the next step by resigning from the company altogether.  This is not the first time that Google employees have resigned in protest over one of the company’s projects. Earlier this year, Project Maven, a drone initiative for the US government that could weaponize their AI research caused a stir among at least a dozen employees who reportedly quit over the initiative. The scrutiny on Google’s take on privacy has continued to intensify. It is about time the company starts  taking into consideration all aspects of a user’s internet privacy. To know more about Project ‘Dragonfly’, head over to The intercept. Read Next Google’s ‘mistakenly deployed experiment’ covertly activated battery saving mode on multiple phones today Did you know your idle Android device sends data to Google 10 times more often than an iOS device does to Apple? Bloomberg says Google, Mastercard covertly track customers’ offline retail habits via a secret million dollar ad deallast_img read more