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Warriors’ bench mauls Cavaliers in Game 1 win

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OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 2: Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 2, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 2: Shaun Livingston #34 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 2, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — When the Warriors and Cavaliers faced off on Christmas Day this season, the matchup was the most highly anticipated game on the NBA’s schedule — Cleveland would be provided the opportunity to avenge their defeat at the hands of Golden State in last year’s NBA Finals. An opportunity squandered as the Warriors would emerge victorious against a complete Cavaliers squad.

Thursday night at Oracle Arena, Cleveland and Golden State once again faced off in the NBA Finals, with both teams showcasing full rosters this time around. The Cavaliers came away from Game 1 looking unprepared for the offensive onslaught of the Warriors bench, falling 104-89.

Golden State’s reserves outscored the Cavaliers’, 45-10.

Likely a byproduct of Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue’s strategy to contain the offensive output of Stephen Curry.

“Everyone’s going to have a role trying to guard Curry. He’s a tough player and we know he makes this team go,” Lue said. “Everybody has to be locked in and focused on Steph.”

His strategy worked somewhat — Curry ended the night going 4 for 15 from the field with just 11 points. Fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson’s night wasn’t any better, finishing his Game 1 performance with nine points. The two combined to shoot 8-of-27.

However, Shaun Livingston showcased the playoff performance of his life, posting a career-playoff high 20 points during a 80 percent shooting performance. Last year’s Finals MVP Andre Iguodala added another 12, and Leandro Barbosa shot a perfect 5 for 5, collecting 11 points of his own. All three players came off the bench.

“Yeah, it’s all a feel. Just being aggressive when we’re out there,” Livington said about the bench play. “They (Curry and Thompson) command so much attention, especially Steph off the pick-and-roll, so we try to make ourselves available for him and be able to make plays and relieve pressure for him  because all it takes is one shot to go in, we know that — same for Klay — and they get rolling fast.”

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The MVP spoke on Livingston and the rest of the bench’s effort during his postgame interview.

“Whether it’s 45 points off the bench or just playing aggressive and continuing what we start. But tonight it was the opposite. They really changed the game, and it allowed us to win tonight.”

The always emotional Draymond Green emerged as the most efficient of the night’s starters, filling his stat line with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

“This team is prepared for this,” Lue had stated before the game. “I think they’re eager for it. Kevin and Kyrie not being a part of The Finals last year and they’re excited and anxious. So now that we’re here, we’re ready to perform.”

Kyrie Irving scored the game-high 26 points for the Cavaliers, Love added another 17 and collected 13 rebounds. Superstar LeBron James ended falling just one assist short of a triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

“When you get outscored 45-10 on the bench and give up 25 points off 17 turnovers, no matter what someone does or doesn’t do, it’s going to be hard to win, especially on the road,” said James. “And that’s what it was. Obviously the game ball goes to Shaun Livingston. Came in, gave them a huge spark.

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“But don’t matter what you do with Steph and Klay, don’t matter what you do with Draymond. Give up 45 points off the bench and 25 points off turnovers on the road, it’s not a good ingredient to win.”

Cleveland turned over the ball 17 times in the contest, which directly resulted in 25 points for Golden State.

Game 2 between the two teams will tipoff Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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Iowa murder suicide

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Diya TV) — Iowa police say the shooting deaths of an Indian American family in West Des Moines, Iowa was a murder-suicide. Police said autopsies determined 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara’s death was a suicide. And the deaths of his wife, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, and their two boys, aged 15 and 10, were homicides.

Top diplomats from the U.S. and India are meeting later this month to continue trade negotiations.

India said this week they will increase tariffs on US exports effective immediately, impacting items like apples, almonds, lentils and several chemical products.

The tax has raised the ire of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blamed the situation on President Trump. California almond exports to India are worth more than $650 million a year.

21-year-old Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, who authorities say was the head of a group of Indian college students who cheated more than 20 people out of nearly $1 million in a tech support telemarketing fraud scheme, received a five year sentence to prison in Rhode Island.

And we’ll introduce you to the pioneering broadcasters who called the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the very first time.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Indian American family of four killed at home in Iowa

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DES MOINES (Diya TV) — Investigators in Des Moines, Iowa say the Sunkara family, an Indian American family of four, were found dead in their home over the weekend. All four had gunshot wounds. There is no suspect in custody.

The 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated around the world this weekend. Thousands flocked to the Washington Monument in Washington DC, where yoga enthusiasts of all ages took part in the event, including representatives from the White House, US Department of State and the Ambassadors of Nepal, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The alums of the Indian Institutes of Technology gathered in Silicon Valley for their annual conference, featuring talks by Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs.

India is now 7-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup games, after winning by 89 runs in a match interrupted by rain.

And we spoke to Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia after his team won their first NBA title. Nav told our Ravi Kapur exclusively he will part of the championship parade and even received a ring from the owner.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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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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