LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have done the impossible as they stunned the defending champions Golden State Warriors, in Game 7 to go and win the 2016 NBA title 93-89.
James closed his season with the Cavaliers with a magical triple-double performance, finishing the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to avenge their championship loss last year and to win the first title for the Cavaliers since 1964. Aside from those, the Cavaliers is the first team to ever come back from a 3-2 deficit and go on to win the championship. With the game tied at 89 points in both sides, Kyrie Irving stepped up and nailed a three-pointer to give them a 92-89 lead. The Warriors tried to score but Stephen Curry missed a three-point attempt that spelled the end of their season.
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James tried to place the icing on the cake but as he went strong to the basket he was fouled by Draymond Green with just 10 clicks remaining in Game 7. James fell hard on the floor and looks of concern were all over the Cavaliers. However, James managed to shrug off his shoulder and nailed one of the two free throws to put the final nail in the coffin of the Warriors.
Game 7 was a close call as there were 11 deadlocks and 21 lead changes, but fate smiled on James and the Cavaliers as they went on to win the title — a promise James made when he returned to Cleveland. Aside from James, Irving, who had to shake off a sprained foot, went to finish the game with 26 points, six rebounds and one assist. Kevin Love also showed up and powered his way inside the paint, grabbing 14 rebounds to back his nine-point production and three assists.
With the win, James and the Cavaliers have erased the 53-year drought in the NBA Championship arena. Aside from the championship trophy, James was also named the Finals MVP with his awesome performance especially in Game 7.
“I am happy to be part of history. This what I came back home for,” James said in an interview during the awarding rites after the game.
Meanwhile, Draymond Green provided the scoring clutches for the Warriors. He finished the game with 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Stephen Curry, who was a bit off in Game 7, scored just enough for 17 markers, five rebounds and two assists. Meanwhile, Klay Thompson added 14 points, proving that the “Splash Brothers” failed to give the needed push for the Warriors to win.
Now that the Cavaliers got one for the books with a win in Game 7, the question remains: will James re-sign with the team for a back-to-back championship run?
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