LeBron James Leads Cleveland Past Golden State, 93-89, For NBA Title
Series MVP LeBron James had 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds, and the Cavaliers shocked the Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals in Oakland on Sunday night, bringing a major sports championship to Cleveland for the first time in more than 50 years.
Cavs’ guard Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer over Stephen Curry with 53 seconds left. The incredible victory in the decisive game allowed Cleveland to become the first team to rally from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit by beating the defending champion Warriors. The NBA title was the first-ever for the franchise, and the first for the city since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.
The game was tightly played throughout with the Cavaliers rallying from a 49-42 halftime deficit to get the victory. One of the key moments of the contest was James’ block of an Andre Iguodala layup attempt with the game tied, 89-89, with 1:50 to play. The stellar defensive play paved the way for Irving’s decisive shot a minute later.
Draymond Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists for Golden State. Two-time reigning league MVP Curry scored 17 points, but he was only 4-for-14 from the three-point arc for the game.
The loss left the Warriors without a championship despite a league-record 73 regular-season wins this season.
2016 NBA Finals Recap: Cleveland def. Golden State, 4-3
Game 1: Golden State 104, Cleveland 89
Game 2: Golden State 110, Cleveland 77
Game 3: Cleveland 120, Golden State 90
Game 4: Golden State 108, Cleveland 97
Game 5: Cleveland 112, Golden State 97
Game 6: Cleveland 115, Golden State 101
Game 7: Cleveland 93, Golden State 89