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Curry ejected, James scores 41 as Cavs force Game 7

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James’ mega billboard in downtown Cleveland once took up the side of a building

James’ mega billboard in downtown Cleveland once took up the side of a building

 

CLEVELAND (Diya TV) — And were we ever Thursday night.

LeBron James delivered one of the greatest performances of his career Thursday night against the visiting Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. James, for the second-straight game, scored 41 points as he and his Cavaliers’ teammates forced a decisive Game 7 in the 115-101 victory.

James, who made 16 of 27 shots from the floor, added 11 assists, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots to his final stat line on the night. The four-time MVP scored 18 consecutive points for the Cavaliers during the third quarter, setting up one more game to deliver Cleveland sports fans the city’s first professional sporting championship since the 1964 Browns, and to try to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals.

“We’ve been able to beat a great team two straight games to force a game seven. I can’t wait,” James said after the win. “I’m going to give everything I’ve got in game seven. Records are meant to be broken. We gave it our all tonight and we were able to come away with a victory.”

It was James’ 17th career 40-plus point playoff game of his career.

It’s just the second time in league history the team down 3-1 has forced a Game 7 in the NBA Finals, it last happened 50 years ago by the Los Angeles Lakers. However much momentum the Cavaliers are bringing back to Oracle Arena, the odds are not in their favor — only three times in the 18 NBA Finals’ game sevens that have been played has the road team emerged victorious.

Cleveland took a stranglehold of the game from opening tip off —jumping ahead 13-2 and 31-9 before settling for the second-largest first quarter lead in NBA Finals history at 31-11. Golden State’s 11 points in the opening frame marked the fewest ever in a first quarter in post-shot clock NBA Finals history. The Warriors never led at any point of the game and faced their largest end-of-first-quarter deficit of the entire season.

A frustrated Stephen Curry led the scoring charge for Golden State in the game, collecting 30 points, but was also ejected for the first time in his career, which was preempted by fouling out for the first time since 2013. As he walked off the court, the MVP hurled his mouthpiece into the crowd. Curry finished the game 6 of 13 from downtown.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is held back from referee Jason Phillips (23) by Shaun Livingston, left, and Klay Thompson, right, while reacting to being called for his sixth foul on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Ron Schwane AP Photo

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is held back from referee Jason Phillips (23) by Shaun Livingston, left, and Klay Thompson, right, while reacting to being called for his sixth foul on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) during the second half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Ron Schwane AP Photo

 

Curry’s wife, Ayesha, quickly took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the game and her husband’s ejection.

“I’ve lost all respect sorry this is absolutely rigged for money… Or ratings in not sure which,” Ayesha Curry tweeted just before the final buzzer. “I won’t be silent . Just saw it live sry.”

She quickly deleted the tweet.

Golden State has not lost three straight games all season,

For the Warriors, Golden State will look to become the first Bay Area sports team to clinch a championship inside of their home venue in 42 years. Ayesha will get to see another game Sunday night.

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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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