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Warriors win Game 4, take 3-1 series lead vs. Cavaliers

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 LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
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CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — The question had been asked more than once throughout the first three games of the Finals: when would Curry and Thompson return to the court with a shooting performance their opponent couldn’t overcome?

The Splash Brothers are back.

During the third quarter of Friday night’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry nailed his first two three-point attempts, he and Thompson proceeded to combine for back-to-back three-pointers, then Curry dropped another one.

“We were threatened, and we responded well,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said afterward.

Golden State faced an eight-point deficit early in the third quarter before Curry and Thompson got to work — they entered the fourth with the lead. For the night, Curry sunk seven three-pointers and posted 38 points, the first time he’d eclipsed the 20-point mark this series. Thompson finished 4-of-9 from beyond the arc and scored 25 points.

“Sooner or later it’s going to happen,” Kerr said. “With guys like that, you can’t keep them down forever. Sometimes our best offense is our defense, and we were making stops and we were able to get out and run and kind of flow into our offense. So maybe they got a few extra looks from that, but mainly it was just law of averages took over.”

Curry represented 24 points for the second half, including a 13-point performance in the final frame.

An overall of Quicken Loans arena prior to Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers on June10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

An overall of Quicken Loans arena prior to Game Four of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers on June10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH.
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“Again, he’s Steph Curry. He’s the MVP for a reason,” Kerr said. “He doesn’t have the size and the strength to dominate a game physically, so he has to dominate with his skill, and that’s not an easy thing to do because your shot sometimes isn’t going to go in. But he has a lot of faith in himself, and he trusts his shot and he just kept firing, and tonight they went in.”

The Warriors set a new Finals single-game record with 17 three-pointers made.

“Our work’s not done, obviously,” Curry said. “I’m glad I showed up a little bit.” This is the sort of determination and confidence fans of Stephen Curry like to hear. Being one of the stand out players this season, there’s not doubt that many fans will have printed off their tournament bracket chart using sites such as https://www.interbasket.net/brackets/ncaa-tournament/fillable/ to predict a positive outcome for the Golden State Warriors.

Now, Golden State heads home for a climactic Game 5 on Monday on their home court, where they can clinch their second-straight championship.

For Cleveland, the reality of Monday could be as harsh as the numbers — just 10 teams in the history of the league have come back to win a series when facing a 3-1 deficit, and one of those 10 teams is their opponent. Golden State trailed Oklahoma City 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals, and proceeded to win four straight.

“Game 5 will be the hardest game of the series,” Kerr said. “Every closeout game is difficult but when you’re at home, it’s even more difficult. … We have to understand this series is not over.”

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving led the team with 38 points, LeBron James had 25, adding another 13 rebounds and nine assists. It wasn’t James best game, he shot 9-of-13 from the field but just 1-of-5 on threes. Kevin Love, who suffered a concussion during Game 2 and missed Game 3, was cleared to play Friday night.

Now, the series returns on Monday to Oracle Arena, where the Warriors went 39-2 during the regular season. In Golden State’s first two home games in the Finals, they beat Cleveland by scores of 104-89 and 110-77.

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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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