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The Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship in Game7, LeBron James uninamous Finals MVP.

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LeBron James, majority owner Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate Sunday after winning the NBA title. PHOTO: GARY A. VASQUEZ/REUTERS

LeBron James, majority owner Dan Gilbert and the rest of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate Sunday after winning the NBA title. PHOTO: GARY A. VASQUEZ/REUTERS

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — Golden State’s record-setting 73-win regular season became a footnote in the team’s history column Sunday night after they became the first team in NBA history to lose a championship opportunity after leading 3-1.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 62 points in the nail-biting 93-89 final before a sell-out crowd of 19,596 at Oracle Arena. James, who was playing in his sixth straight Finals, was also named Finals MVP, he led all players — on both teams — in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks in the series.

Game 7 was the exact opposite of the previous six. It was a 48-minute brawl of desperation, for both teams. There were 20 lead changes in the game, the expected shooting prowess of James and Stephen Curry, mixed in with that of Draymond Green and Kyrie Irving. In the end, the win brought the Warriors, the team to win more regular-season games than any other in league history, crashing back down to earth, and effectively removing the stamp they sought to punch as the greatest team in NBA history.

Just one more win would have sent these Warriors charging into the same territory as that of the 1986 Boston Celtics, the 1987 Los Angeles Lakers and the 1996 Chicago Bulls, all widely observed as the sport’s most iconic teams.

James stood in their way, scoring 27 points, dishing 11 assists and grabbing 11 rebounds, leading the way in delivering the city of Cleveland its first professional sports championship since the year 1964. He also had three blocked shots and two steals.

“The curse is over,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said as he presented the Cavaliers with the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Irving scored 26 in the game and snagged six rebounds; Love scored nine and finished with 14 rebounds, seven of which came in the first quarter.

“I’ve had goal for two years since I came back to bring a championship to the city,” said an emotional James, who returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 after a four-year stint with Miami that included a pair of NBA championships.

“I gave it everything that I had. I poured my heart, my blood, my sweat and my tears into this game.”

For Golden State, Green perhaps played the most dominate game of his career, he scored 32 points, adding another 15 rebounds and finishing just one assist short of capturing a triple-double. In a display of sportsmanship, Green returned to the court during the trophy presentation to congratulate his Cavalier opponents, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers ordered the winning nets be cut down from their respective hoops, delivering them himself to the Cleveland players.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena

Afterward, Curry said that he was hurt but at the same time proud of his teammates for what they had accomplished this season, despite falling short of their ultimate goal of repeating as NBA champs.

“It hurts, man,” Curry said. “I’m proud of every single guy that stepped foot on the floor for our team this year. … Hopefully we’ll have many more opportunities to fight for championships and be on this stage. This is what it’s all about.”

The league’s first unanimous MVP finished the night with 17 points, shooting 6 for 19, while Klay Thompson added 14 points of his own during a 6 for 17 shooting performance.

”I didn’t do enough to help my team win,” Curry said. “It will haunt me for a while.”

These Warriors might be remembered in the end as the greatest team that couldn’t close it out, and the aforementioned Green assumed a heavy amount of responsibility for that after he sat out Game 5 on Monday courtesy of a one-game suspension for accumulating too many flagrant fouls.

Sunday’s victory marked the 100th postseason win in the history of the Cavaliers organization, and also helped them become just the fourth team in league history to win a Game 7 on the road during the NBA Finals.

When it was all said and done, James had just one thing on his mind: the fans back home in Ohio.

“I understand what everyone in northeastern Ohio have been through the last 50-plus years and I am happy to be a part of history,” he said. “I can’t wait to get back home. I am ready to get to you guys.”

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India Rising puts forth valiant effort in loss to Boeheim’s Army in TBT

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SYRACUSE (Diya TV) — With The Basketball Tournament commencing, most eyes have been set on Boeheim’s Army and their path to repeating as champions. However, their first match provided an opponent true to its name: India Rising. 

While one may look at the 90-62 score and disregard the India Rising squad, when watching the game, the team did truly give Boeheim’s Army a run for their money in the first half. Facing a team full of guys who played under one of the greatest basketball coaches ever, Jim Boeheim, India Rising jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and was able to keep pace with Boeheim’s Army for a substantial amount of time. Most people may have written them off early but they kept fighting. They had a clear cut goal to bring attention to basketball players of Indian descent by pulling off a cinderella win and carve a path for themselves. It is clear that they put in their full effort to try and realize those goals.

In the second half, Boeheim’s army was able to pull away but India Rising had made their message clear: Indian ballers should not be overlooked. The box score does not paint the real picture of how much heart, determination, and grit India Rising displayed to get more recognition. General manager Gautam Kapur and head coach Ajay Sharma have done an excellent job overseeing the initiative and giving the best Indian hoopers a chance to shine on a big stage. 

In a 64 team tournament, India Rising stood out and gave a near-professional squad a tough time. For what this team set out to achieve, no heads should be hung low. India Rising should be getting the recognition they so rightfully deserve.

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Warriors win Game 5 at home, now just one game away from the title

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from their fourth title in eight years. The Dubs returned home and overpowered the Boston Celtics 104-94 to take a 3-2 series lead, even though Stephen Curry only scored 16. Infact, Curry did not make a single three, a first in the last 3.5 years. Andrew Wiggins on the other hand matched Tatum while scoring a team-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds, including the dagger dunk to finish off Boston. 

Draymond Green saw glimpses of a turnaround game as he was very close to a triple double before fouling out for the 3rd time in this series. Klay Thompson made a great contribution on the offensive end with 21 points, on the third anniversary of his horrific injury in the finals against the Cavaliers in 2019 . The Warriors trio of Curry, Thompson and Green were able to cement themselves even further with their 20th Finals win together, the most of any trio over the past 30 years.

The Celtics saw franchise star Jayson Tatum have a better game scoring wise than the last game with a team-high 27 points. But while Tatum showed up for game 5, Jaylen Brown did not. When both of those players are on at the same time, the Celtics can light it up. However, there has been inconsistency from both throughout the Finals. The C’s will need both guys to be on for them to fend off the Dubs and force a Game 7.

The Warriors can close out the series and add a 7th ring to their collection with a win on Thursday in the hostile environment of TD Garden. A collective team effort would do the trick as in Game 4, Curry shouldered the load while the rest of his supporting cast did the same for him. The Celtics will look to put forth their best effort of the season in a final effort to keep their season alive. It could very well come down to if both Tatum and Brown can prove they can be a dynamic duo on the biggest stage.

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Warriors seal Game 4 victory with an epic Steph Curry performance, tie series 2-2

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BOSTON (Diya TV) — The Warriors, seal Game 4 victory with a vintage Stephen Curry performance, evened up the NBA Finals in an absolute thriller, winning 107-97.

The start of the game saw both teams match each other pound for pound with Boston ultimately taking the first quarter by a single point. There were notions before the game about Curry having a foot sprain, but he quickly laid those doubts to rest. He began to heat up in the first quarter (and talked some trash along the way). Conversely, Draymond Green continued his finals performance with more fouls than points. Robert Williams III showed off his skills as a rim protector on defense, which was a missing piece for the Celtics up until the point of Williams’ return. In the first half, Curry and Jayson Tatum battled against each other in classic star matchup fashion with Curry scoring 19 and Tatum going for 16. Tatum was money from beyond the arc (made 3 out of his 4 three-point attempts), just like he’s been all Finals as he’s been shooting 48% on 3’s.

The officiating in the first half was questionable, especially in the second quarter when Payton Pritchard clearly traveled and yet a foul was called instead. This set off Warriors HC Steve Kerr and his temper led to him getting a technical foul. For a non-call to be that egregious and then to double down by giving Kerr the technical foul is asinine and something that certainly sparked controversy. Attention was also brought to the Celtics free throw attempts versus the Warriors (15 and 5 respectively) even with both teams attacking the basket often. Despite this disparity, the Warriors were able to keep it within 5 at the end of the half.

More Curry magic continued in the second half with him carrying the team on his back, in essence. 43 points highlight the stat line but when watching the game, it was clear as day that he was really the only dependable source of scoring throughout the ballgame for the Dubs. With 7 threes made tonight, we saw the greatest shooter in league history go to work and will his team to victory. In the biggest stage of basketball, Curry made his mark once again.

The Celtics now face a daunting Game 5 heading to San Francisco. Winning both games on their home court would have all but sealed a championship for them. But now, the door has not only creaked, but swung wide open. The #1 defense in the NBA will gameplan to try and find answers for Curry. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown will be facing a challenging environment in Chase Center, but one they are familiar with. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors will look to capitalize off the momentum and adrenaline this win has given them. Off the heels of a classic performance, Curry will try to carry on his titanium-strong Finals MVP case. Draymond Green, coming back to friendly faces in San Francisco, will try to turn around an awful stretch. This series is shaping up to be a dramatic one with both teams trading blows. Game 5 should deliver more popcorn-worthy entertainment, especially if Stephen Curry is involved.

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