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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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Bucks bycott Game 5 in wake of Jacob Blake shooting, NBA season now in limbo

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Milwakee Bucks issue a statement

ORLANDO, Florida (Diya TV) — As the video of George Flyod’s killing spread across social media, the Black Lives Matter movement grew stronger & folks took to the streets to protest against police brutality. The NBA’s coronavirus-halted season resumed last month in Orlando. This Sunday, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, seven times in the back.

Outraged, the Milwaukee Bucks players, decided to boycott Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic. They forfiet the game, but the Magic refused to accept the Bucks’ forfeit and instead, both teams stood united, and the Bucks called Wisconsin’s Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor during “game time”.

The news spread quickly and other teams followed suit, notably the Rockets and Thunder, after Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul discussed the boycott.

Coincidently, four years ago today, former 49er Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell finally said that he that he wished they “had listened to Kaepernick earlier.” Kaepernick, who was essentially exiled from the league, has been receiving a lot of praise after today’s boycott.

The players took the “game time” to call the Attorney General Josh Kaul & Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes.

Twittersphere saw a barrage of reactions from players, coaches to former president Barack Obama

The 29-year-old, Jacob Blake was shot repeatedly in the back as he attempted to get into his car, while his three children sat inside. Protests have erupted in Kenosha since the shooting, with two people killed after a teenager opened fire on demonstrators with an assault rifle on Tuesday.

After the historic walkout, a players meeting was organized that continued past midnight in Orlando & sources say there was some frustration in the meeting among the players with the Bucks blindsiding everyone with their walk-out plan. Bucks’ guard, George Hill admitted he first sparked conversation pregame to boycott and his teammates supported.

As the teams voted on the status of the season, the LA Clippers & LA Lakers voted to boycott the NBA season, with LeBron James walking out of the meeting. He was soon followed by all the players from the LA teams.

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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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