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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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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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