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James, Irving each score 41 in Cavs Game 5 win

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LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving saved their best performances of the playoffs thus far for when it mattered most — the duo combined for a total of 82 points scored in Cleveland’s 112-97 victory, denying a sold out crowd of 19.596 the opportunity to see a Bay Area team clinch a championship at home for the first time since 1974.

James added another 16 rebounds and seven assists to his final stat line in the game, Irving grabbed six rebounds and distributed three assists of his own. The two became the first pair of teammates in NBA history to each score 40 points in the same game in the NBA Finals.

It’s precisely the type of effort head coach Tyronn Lue and the team was looking for.

“We just want them [James and Irving] to be aggressive, continue to attack like we’ve been talking about all series,” Lue said during his postgame interview. “And they had two great games, two breakout games. We need those two guys to give us confidence early, and they both did that.”

For James, the win represented just one thing: Survival.

“We’re just happy we got another day. That’s all we can ask for,” James said after the win. “We got another day to survive. We’re going to start preparing tonight, start prepping tomorrow, and whenever Game 6 is we’ll be ready.”

Kevin Love returned to Cleveland’s starting lineup for the first time since sustaining a concussion in Game 2 — veteran reserve Richard Jefferson started in his place the last two games. Love played 32 minutes in the game, going 1 for 5 for two points.

The loss was just the fourth time all season the Warriors have been beaten on their home court.

Tied at 61-all at halftime, the Warriors returned to the court for the second half and missed 14 of the first 20 shots they attempted. Golden State shot 7 for 21 in the third quarter, and just 36.4 percent for the game.

Klay Thompson scored 37 points in the game, 18 of which came from 3-pointers. Fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry added 25 of his own, sinking five 3-pointers, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing four assists. He also blocked two shots in the game.

Starting center Andrew Bogut went down hard in the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury, he required assistance to get off the court and down the tunnel, visibly unable to put any weight on the leg. Kerr said the big man will undergo an MRI on the knee tonight.

Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said his squad, playing without its best defender in Draymond Green, became defensively exposed in the loss. He said lack of communication on the court likely played a large factor in the breakout performances of James and Irving.

“We weren’t very good defensively,” Kerr said. “We obviously knew we were without Draymond, so there’s no point in harping on that. We had to play better, and we didn’t. Both those guys played terrific games, shot the ball well. I thought our defensive communication was lacking.”

Due to his suspension, Green was banned from the arena, and instead watched the game from the privacy of a luxury box suite at the next-door Oakland Coliseum, where the MLB’s Oakland Athletics were taking on the Texas Rangers. General manager Bob Myers and former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch were there to keep him company.

 

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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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