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Kevin Durant was the highest scorer in Game One with 38 points

Kevin Durant was the highest scorer in Game One with 38 points

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) — With Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry leading the way, the Warriors claimed game one of the 2017 NBA Finals. In the first half, the Cavaliers stayed relatively close with an 8-point differential. The third quarter, however, was when it all fell out of the Cavaliers’ hands. By the end of the third quarter, the 8-point deficit turned into a 21-point deficit. The Cavaliers had 20 turnovers too, giving more chances to the Warriors to score.

Making History and Statistics

During game 1, players made history, many of them personal records. Kevin Durant beat his career record for most dunks in a game, tying it in the first half alone. He also joined the list of greats who had at least 25 points in their first 6 NBA finals games. This list includes Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, and Rick Berry. LeBron James, on the other hand, had the 2nd-most turnovers in a half, his most in 2005 with 9. Meanwhile, the Warriors tied the record for the least amount of turnovers in an NBA finals game, with 4. If the Warriors win game 2, they will set the playoff record for the most wins in a row.

Statistics explain a lot of what happened in the game. The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 35-30 in the first quarter, and past history shows that the Warriors are 21-0 this year, if they score at least 35 points in the first quarter. Statistics also show that the third quarter is usually a good quarter for the Warriors, as they have outscored their opponents by 477 points in the regular season, during the third quarter. This explains the Warriors’ lead in the third quarter.

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The Golden State Warriors are on another historic run, after sweeping of the San Antonio Spurs, the team has its first 13-0 playoff start in franchise history.

Key to Winning

Some big factors in this game were defense, turnovers, and offensive rebounds. Klay Thompson played exceptionally well on defense. Against Thompson, the Cavaliers shot 1 out of 12. Kevin Love played especially well, with 21 rebounds. However, the Cavaliers had 20 turnovers, which resulted in more shot attempts for the Warriors. The Warriors also took many offensive rebounds, which gives the Warriors more points.

In order for the Warriors to win, they have to stick to what they were doing in game 1. In order for the Cavaliers to win, they need to step up their rebounding, and have less turnovers. This all groups into defense. Defense is they key. Kevin Durant had huge dunks that changed the momentum of the game. The Cavaliers need to stop Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. These were to two key offensive players. If the Cavs can stop them, the momentum will change and it will reduce the Warriors’ points. LeBron James said, “We can’t stop them from scoring, but we can step up ours.”

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Deaths of Indian American family in Iowa ruled murder-suicide

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Iowa murder suicide

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Diya TV) — Iowa police say the shooting deaths of an Indian American family in West Des Moines, Iowa was a murder-suicide. Police said autopsies determined 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara’s death was a suicide. And the deaths of his wife, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, and their two boys, aged 15 and 10, were homicides.

Top diplomats from the U.S. and India are meeting later this month to continue trade negotiations.

India said this week they will increase tariffs on US exports effective immediately, impacting items like apples, almonds, lentils and several chemical products.

The tax has raised the ire of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who blamed the situation on President Trump. California almond exports to India are worth more than $650 million a year.

21-year-old Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, who authorities say was the head of a group of Indian college students who cheated more than 20 people out of nearly $1 million in a tech support telemarketing fraud scheme, received a five year sentence to prison in Rhode Island.

And we’ll introduce you to the pioneering broadcasters who called the NBA Finals in Punjabi for the very first time.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Indian American family of four killed at home in Iowa

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DES MOINES (Diya TV) — Investigators in Des Moines, Iowa say the Sunkara family, an Indian American family of four, were found dead in their home over the weekend. All four had gunshot wounds. There is no suspect in custody.

The 5th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated around the world this weekend. Thousands flocked to the Washington Monument in Washington DC, where yoga enthusiasts of all ages took part in the event, including representatives from the White House, US Department of State and the Ambassadors of Nepal, Mauritius and Myanmar.

The alums of the Indian Institutes of Technology gathered in Silicon Valley for their annual conference, featuring talks by Microsoft Chairman John Thompson and Bhavish Aggarwal, the CEO of Ola Cabs.

India is now 7-0 against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup games, after winning by 89 runs in a match interrupted by rain.

And we spoke to Toronto Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia after his team won their first NBA title. Nav told our Ravi Kapur exclusively he will part of the championship parade and even received a ring from the owner.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Raptors win first ever NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors

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Toronto Raptors win 2019 NBA Finals

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) —  The first Canadian team ever to win the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors fought earnestly and took down the NBA’s newest dynasty: the Warriors. The Raptors faced many hurdles in the playoffs, trailing 1-0 against the Magic and 2-0 against the Bucks. They put all of that behind and surged towards a 3-1 start in the Finals, which became increasingly difficult for the Warriors to overcome as they were tackled with injuries.

Kawhi Leonard, the Finals MVP, joined an elite group of players which have won a Finals MVP on two different teams. Among these players are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James, and now Leonard with a Finals MVP with San Antonio and Toronto.

Toronto was filled with star-power, with Fred VanVleet stepping up in the fourth quarter with three-pointers, and Pascal Siakam taking crucial layups in the paint. Kyle Lowry contributed throughout the series, whether rebounds, points, or simply aggression was needed. This lineup, together, took down NBA’s lastest dynasty.

The Warriors, however, put up a worthy fight, staying inches away from winning even with their best player Kevin Durant out and then the sudden loss of Klay Thompson in Game 6. Both teams fought with fervor and passion, with the Raptors inching closer to the Larry O’Brian Trophy as every second on the clock.

Looking Ahead

With the offseason looming, many questions are yet to be answered. Will this Raptors team maintain its core and stay together? If so, will they be able to storm into next season with skillful play? Most likely, yes. After what they have put together, the intention would be to establish themselves as the new NBA dynasty and completely overthrow the Warriors. Nick Nurse won his first championship in his first season coaching the Raptors. With the coach not likely to move, it seems as if the core will stay in place.

The Warriors’ offseason is uncertain, as this aging team has its contracts expiring. Kevin Durant is invariably out for next season after suffering a devastating achilles injury. Will he stay with the Warriors, or will he sign with another team? His injury may influence which team picks him up, as he will be out of commission for the upcoming season. Klay Thompson will become a free agent, but will he stick with the Warriors and his fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry, or lead another team? In addition, players like Andre Iguodala and Shawn Livingston are aging and may not be able to play as much. The Warriors will need to cultivate the young players, like Alfonzo McKinnie, to be successful.

This was the Warriors’ last game in Oracle Arena, as next season, they will be moving to Chase Center in San Francisco. Will they be able to make a championship run there, or will the Raptors emerge victorious again? It all remains unanswered, but for now, the Raptor roars.

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