CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP): Jeremy Lin scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as Charlotte overcame a 23-point deficit to snap San Antonio’s six-game winning streak, winning 91-88. Lin was 11 of 18 from the field and hit all four three-point attempts, including three in the fourth quarter. Courtney Lee had 17 points, Nicolas Batum added 15, and Cody Zeller grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hornets, who bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. The Spurs had two chances to tie it at the end of regulation, but Patty Mills and Danny Green both missed three-point attempts. In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 33 points and had his 41st career triple-double as the Cavaliers clinched their second straight Central Division title with a comfortable 124-91 victory over Denver. James added 11 rebounds and 11 assists before checking out with 6:02 left to a thunderous ovation. He scored 17 in the first quarter, helping the Cavs build a 19-point lead and erase the memory of an embarrassing loss on Saturday in Miami. The Nuggets fought back and briefly led before the Cavs regrouped, scored 68 after half-time to notch their 50th win. Will Barton scored 27 for the Nuggets. Andre Drummond’s tip-in with two seconds remaining lifted Detroit over Milwaukee, 92-91. TIGHT RACE The Pistons, who are in a tight race for the final play-off spot in the Eastern Conference, came out inexplicably flat and trailed by 17 points in the first half. They were down 13 in the third quarter before chipping away at Milwaukee’s lead in the fourth. Drummond was outplayed badly early on by Greg Monroe, but when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed from the perimeter in the final seconds, Drummond was able to tip the ball in. Draymond Green had 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help Golden State narrowly avoid their first two-game skid in nearly a year with a 109-104 victory at Minnesota. Klay Thompson scored 17 points and hit all five of his three-pointers, and the Warriors (63-7) overcame a second straight poor shooting night from Stephen Curry. He missed 11 of his 17 shots, including seven of his nine three-pointers, but still had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
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A delegation of the All-India Kisan Sabha led by its general secretary and CPI (M) leader Hannan Mollah visited the families of farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh. It demanded compensation, a government job for one family member and State funding for education of their children. “The farmers said the police firing was unprovoked and was with intention to kill,” said a Kisan Sabha press release. “Most of the injuries were above the waist, on the chest, head, etc.”The organisation will observe June 16 as protest day across India.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is the only person who can take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 polls and his attacks on the government’s failures are galvanising the opposition, party leader Sachin Pilot has said. The BJP was running away from answering questions but Mr. Gandhi was forcing it to be accountable, the Congress’ Rajasthan unit chief said. Support for the Congress president’s leadership also came from Sonia Gandhi who said in her address to the Congress Parliamentary Party on Thursday that Rahul Gandhi was her boss too, and asked party MPs to work with him to strengthen the party. “Mr Gandhi is relentlessly taking on the BJP leadership for all its failures (and) that is giving a lot of energy and confidence to opposition forces,” Mr. Pilot told PTI. “He is the only person who is going to be able to take on Mr Modi and mount a formidable challenge to dethrone the BJP in 2019,” said Pilot, under whose leadership the Congress won the key Rajasthan bypolls recently. The way the Congress president has been aggressively taking on the BJP for its failures has attracted many anti-BJP forces and is galvanising the opposition, he said. According to Mr. Pilot, the BJP was becoming “nervous” with Mr. Gandhi constantly asking them questions on the promises made by them. “It’s very easy to give a sermon and monologue but when you are asked questions on past performance, on data, on promises made, that is when the BJP loses it nerve. That is exactly what Mr Gandhi has been able to do,” the 40-year-old leader said. On whether Rahul Gandhi was the best choice for leading an alliance against the NDA in 2019, Mr. Pilot said, “I will only say this much — that nationally the only party that can challenge the BJP is the Congress party and under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership it is now fully geared up to take on the BJP whenever the Lok Sabha elections happen.” All anti-BJP forces will collage together when the time is right, Mr. Pilot said. Talking about the victory in the Rajasthan bypolls, Mr. Pilot said the quantum of loss is worrying the BJP. “I am sure two months later, we will win the Karnataka elections also,” he said. Congress wrested the Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha and Mandalgarh Assembly seats from the BJP by impressive margins last week.
Unknown miscreants desecrated a statue of Don Bosco in front of the Bishop’s House in Assam’s Tezpur. The incident happened on September 29 night. “We are trying to catch the culprits,” a senior police officer said.The Assam Christian Forum, expressing shock over the desecration, hoped the police would book the culprits soon to restore the faith and security of the Christian community. “It’s unfortunate that such an incident happened in Tezpur, which is Assam’s cultural capital,” Allen Brooks, the forum’s spokesperson said.The forum recalled a similar incident in Guwahati a couple of years ago. Opposition from certain groups forced the Guwahati Catholic Province to shift the statue of Don Bosco from a public place to inside the Provincial House.
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