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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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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

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WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) —   Kirstjen Nielsen, the US Homeland Security Secretary, is stepping down over major differences with the administration on how to implement President Trump’s immigration policies.

Meanwhile, President Trump continues to campaign around the nation to make the case for his re-election in 2020. Over the weekend, he told a Las Vegas crowd India is charging 100% tariffs to the U.S. on many things and he wants to reciprocate. He added the Senate is not doing enough to change what he calls “stupid trade.”

The South Asian Bar Association’s Northern California chapter held their annual fundraising gala, a chance for judges, attorneys and the next generation to network and honor their peers.

The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the fall, so they held their final Bollywood Night in Oakland. We’ll take you behind the scenes and introduce you to a member of the Warriors Dance Team that choreographed an epic Bollywood dance.

And Ravi Ahuja, the former CFO of Fox Networks, is now Walt Disney Television’s CFO and president of business operations.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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University of Houston’s President, Renu Khator joins the NCAA Division I Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —  Renu Khator, President & Chancellor of University of Houston, the first Indian American to lead a major research university in the U.S., is joining the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors.

Framroze “Fram” Virjee is now permanent president of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He was a private practice lawyer for nearly 30 years before becoming interim CSUF president last year.

Rutgers Law School announced Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and Vanita Gupta, the former head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division will both be 2019 commencement speakers.

George Jacob, the President & CEO of non-profit Bay.org behind the ambitious Bay Ecotarium, received the 2019 Louie Kamookak Medal from the The Royal Canadian Geographic Society for making Canada’s geography better known to Canadians and to the world.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Golden State Warriors host first-ever Sikh Awareness Night

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OAKLAND, CALIF. (Diya TV) — Oracle Arena was the site of the first-ever Sikh Awareness Night as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 117-101 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night.

It was the second one in as many weeks throughout the NBA as the Los Angeles Clippers introduced it to their home crowd last week.

Other teams and leagues have previously hosted Sikh Heritage Nights, including the San Jose Sharks, who were the first NHL team last year to hold such an event.

Aman Singh, part of the local gurdwaras organization to put the event together, was excited for the community to be represented.

“We contribute to society here, so it’s great to be able to be part of this, to be able to have exposure and allow other folks in the community to get an idea of our heritage, Sikh values,” Singh said.

Fans got there early enough to take pictures outside Oracle and awaiting them inside was an up-close view of Stephen Curry’s highly-anticipated shootaround.

Soon enough, Singh — who was also coaching the pregame scrimmage — would hit the Warriors hardwood with 16 young kids from the Sikh community to shot hoops.

For 13-year-old Gagandeep Kaur of Milpitas, it was an unforgettable moment to be out there.

“Being able to play on the same court as my inspirations means a lot,” she said.

The five-minute scrimmage right before players from the Warriors and Grizzlies hit the floor included some dazzling shots and a buzzer-beater as well.

Members of the two teams remained close by as they eventually stood in front of their inspirations during the National Anthem.

Additionally, right after halftime, they were greeted with high-fives from Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and among others coming out of the tunnel.

“It’s great to be part of something like this,” Singh said.

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