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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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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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