The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals Game 7 after trailing 3-1, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Sunday’s final game.
This is the first major sports competition that a Cleveland team has won since 1964.
In probably his greatest finals of all time, LeBron James had the game of his life.
LeBron was named Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and delivering 11 assists.
The vote was undisputed, as stated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
LeBron scored his 16th triple double in the playoffs 7th seventh in an NBA Finals game; only two other basketball players had registered triple doubles in a Finals Game 7, as stated by sources.
He came back to his hometown team in 2014 after an unpleasant split in 2010. He signed up with the Miami Heat with fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, securing two game titles there.
He decided to return to the Cavs in 2014 hoping to end the title drought for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers have obviously delighted in the role of underdog.
Cavs faced a historic Warriors Golden State Warriors team that beat them in the 2015 NBA Finals, only to return and set the record for the most wins in a normal season with a 73-9 record.
Their finest player, Stephen Curry, had just picked up consecutive MVP awards and completely smashed the record for most 3 pointers made in a season.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue stepped into the head coaching task half way through the season, after previous head coach David Blatt was sacked.
No NBA team had at any time before rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. Actually, only three teams out of 33 have forced an NBA Finals Game 7 after trailing 3-1. The other two teams are the New York Knicks against the Rochester Royals back in 1951 as well as the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics in 1966.
However, the Cavs fought back on Thursday night back, tying the series 3-3 after a 115-101 triumph at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. LeBron scored 41 points in each of the final two games. He’s the first player with consecutive 40-point performances in the NBA Finals since Shaquille O’Neal did it back in 2000.
And in the final determining game, Curry’s three point shooting was not there.
The Warrior’s latest loss came after another game where they appeared rattled. Curry fouled out in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Game 6. Displeased with the call, he hurled his mouthpiece into the stands and was ejected. It turned out to be the first ejection of his career. On Friday, the NBA publicized Curry was penalized $25,000 for hurling the mouthpiece.
That displeasure was clear Sunday night also.
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