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Cavs trounce Warriors, Kerr calls team ‘soft’

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 A general exterior view of the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 8, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

A general exterior view of the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 8, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — For the fourth time these playoffs, the Golden State Warriors were unsuccessful in winning the first road game of a series, falling to the Cavaliers 120-90 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

The Warriors trailed from wire to wire in the game, and now hold a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven series,

It was once again Golden State’s reserves, not their starters, who showed glimpses of championship greatness in the contest — the Warriors’ bench dug the team out of a 20-point deficit to pull within eight at the half. The third quarter proved to be the dagger. Four Warriors scored in double figures — Curry recorded 19, Harrison Barnes netted 18 and Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson scored 11 and 10 respectively.

Golden State was outrebounded 52-32 in the game, and in what has been an almost common theme, turned the ball over 18 times. Cleveland capitalized on the change of possessions, scoring 34 points off turnovers in the game.

Barnes posted one of the most respectable playoff efforts this postseason — his 18 points are a personal playoff-high and came from a 7-of-11 shooting performance. He added another eight rebounds and two assists, playing 33 minutes in the game.

Golden State’s coaching staff and fans likely gasped when Thompson was required to leave the game momentarily during the first quarter after sustaining a contusion to his left thigh during a collision with Timofey Mozgov. He ultimately returned during the second quarter.

During his postgame interview, Thompson would go on to say the collision “made no sense,” and “seemed kind of dirty to me.”

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 8, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots the ball against the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 8, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

After being absent from the first two games, forward LeBron James showcased an outbreak performance with a game-high 32 points. Kyrie Irving made Game 3 a statement game for himself as well, scoring 30 points, 16 of which came during the first quarter. Cleveland stormed out of the gate early, racing out to leads of 9-0, 23-8 and 33-13 in the game.

Draymond Green, who has been the consensus pick for Finals MVP through the first two games of the series said Cleveland “came out like their season was on the line,” and that Golden State “came out like it was peaches and cream.”

As mentioned previous, the loss brings the Warriors Game 3 record these playoffs to 0-4, extending the streak to five in their overall losing streak in such postseason games, dating back to Game 3 of last year’s NBA Finals. For the Cavs, the win snaps a seven-game losing streak, which dated back to Game 4 of last year’s Finals.

Game 4 tips off Friday night at 6 p.m. PDT at Quicken Loans Arena.

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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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Houston cop Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal remembered, fund set up for family

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) —  The loss of Harris County Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal while on a routine traffic stop has stunned people around the country. Everyone from Texas governor Greg Abbott to the Houston Texans football team are honoring the Dhaliwal. A GoFundMe page has been setup to support his family, with totals so far in excess of $700,000.

Before Prime Minister Modi headed back to India following his Houston community summit & UN speeches, he met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The Hawaii Congresswoman & Democratic Presidential candidate has been criticized for her support of Modi. But she was happy to highlight the importance of the US-India relationship on Twitter.

The NBA is in India this week for their first-ever preseason games that will feature the Indiana Pacers & Sacramento Kings. The Gateway of India was illuminated with bright colors & there are a series of events in and around the games going on in Delhi & Mumbai.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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