LeBron James made a promise to the city of Cleveland two summers ago to deliver a championship. After relentless criticism and chatter for the last two years, James delivered on a vow to his home state. The Cavaliers are NBA Champions. James, Kyrie Irving and the never quit Cleveland Cavaliers made NBA finals history as the only team to comeback from a 3-1 deficit. They beat the defending NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors, 93-89 on Sunday night to end a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland. The Cavs are the 1st team since 1978 to win an NBA Finals Game 7 as the away team.
”I’m happy to be a part of history,” James said, then added, ”I’m home. I’m home. … I’m at a loss for words. This is unbelievable.”
Cavs become NBA Champions
This series featured blowouts, a few blowups and a thrilling end with James as the finals MVP disarming two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and his record-setting Warriors. The Cavs fought off elimination twice to force Game 7 back at Oracle Arena,
James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds as the Cavs captured their first championship in franchise history and gave their city its first major sports winner since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964. He also had three blocked shots and two steals. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points to cap his brilliant finals, including a 3-pointer over Curry with 53 seconds left.
”CLEVELAND! This is for you!” James bellowed in his post-game interview before being announced as finals MVP. LeBron James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to win Finals MVP with multiple teams.
An Emotional James Fell To The Floor
This one ended with a second win in six days on Golden State’s imposing home floor, surrounded by his teammates. He redeemed himself against Golden State after Cleveland lost to the Warriors in six games last year. Cleveland’s season took a turn for the better after David Blatt was fired for Tyronn Lue in January.
”It hurts, man,” Curry said. ”I’m proud of every single guy that stepped foot on the floor for our team this year. Hopefully we’ll have many more opportunities to fight for championships and be on this stage. This is what it’s all about.”
Draymond Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. The Warriors’ record-setting season ended without the biggest prize – becoming back-to-back champs. The ”Strength In Numbers” crew still have plenty to celebrate about which includes 73 regular-season wins to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ mark. At the end of the day however, they didn’t get the job done. The Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 31 points and 12-for-36 shooting,
”I didn’t do enough to help my team win,” Curry said. ”It will haunt me for a while.”
For now Cleveland can bask in the glory of being the undisputed NBA Champions.