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Raptors take Game 3 on the road beating Warriors 123-109, lead series 2-1

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Raptors huddle after game 3 victory in Oracle Arena

OAKLAND, Calif. (Diya TV) —The Warriors came back to the U.S. hoping to take the lead with home court advantage. However, the strain on the Warriors bench proved too much during the game, and the Raptors prevailed in Game 3, 123-109. The absence of Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Kevin Durant and despite Steph Curry’s 47, the Warriors trailed through out the game.

Similar to the Game 1, the Raptors have nudged the Warriors into a tight spot which will be difficult to escape. Historically speaking, if the series is tied at 1-1, the winner of Game 3 in goes on to win approximately 81.6% of the time. The Warriors will need to overcome a big hurdle to win the series. However, injuries are prohibiting the Warriors from coming out with their full array of star-power.

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The Raptors came into Game 3 strong and full of power. Outscoring the Warriors in every quarter, they were able to defend their lead to ensure a win. A big part of their consistency was the spread of points. The Warriors’ main scorer was Stephen Curry, with 47 points, his playoff career high. He took on most of the scoring, with Draymond Green following suit with 17 points. Stephen Curry accounted for around 43.1% of the Warriors’ points.

The Raptors scoring on the other hand was more spread out than the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard lead the Raptors with 30 points, Kyle Lowry had 23, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol followed with 18 apiece, and Marc Gasol with 17. Kyle Lowry had a coherent way of describing how the Raptors were able to win Game 3 over the Warriors. “Kept the pace up, kept our pace up and kept going and trying to get the ball out quick and getting stops and communication and just kept playing,” he said.

Looking Ahead

The injured Warriors will need some of their full cast back to win the series. Steve Kerr confirmed that Kevin Durant will not play in Game 4, but he said that Klay Thompson will most likely play. Klay Thompson’s return will likely be the big difference for the Warriors need both offensively and defensively.

Nick Nurse said in his postgame interview that “Each game’s critical, and the next one will be as critical as tonight’s was. So it’s been like that all through the playoffs, and we just got to guard and play who is out there. That’s all we can do.” This is the essence of the situation right now. Currently, the Raptors are leading the series 2-1, but that can change in a snap at the hands of the experience Warriors. The Warriors need to find a way out of the situation, and every game counts. Every game is as important as the next. Both teams need to focus on one game at a time to prevail in the Finals.

Catch court-side postgame analysis by Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur & Jonathan Choe from Game 3

Game 4 will be in Oracle Arena on Friday, June 7 at 9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific.

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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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