Cleveland Cavaliers Win NBA Championship

King James can’t prevent himself from getting emotional after finally guiding the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first-ever NBA title. James, named Finals MVP, led the Cavaliers to a 93-89 win over the Warriors in a Game Seven classic, with Cleveland becoming the first team to rise from a 3-1 deficit and win a finals series. It was also the city of Cleveland’s first major sports title since 1964. NBA superstar LeBron James was named as the NBA Finals MVP after carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first-ever championship. James scored 27 points, 11 boards and 11 assists to pace the Cavaliers in a pulsating 93-89 win in Game Seven. “The King” was magnificent all series long, including back-to-back 41-point outings in Games Five and Six that helped them become the first team to erase a 3-1 series deficit and win the finals. The championship was the third in the career of James who after spurning Cleveland in 2010 in a bitter split, returned home two years ago promising to deliver his hometown their first-ever major sports title in 52 years.

He was named the Finals MVP in all of those titles, two of which he captured as a member of the Miami Heat. The Cleveland Cavaliers ended their more than 50 years of championship drought after surviving a tough Game Seven over the Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Sunday (Monday morning in Manila). It was the first major sports title for Cleveland since 1964, and also the first for Cavaliers’ franchise history. The Cavaliers also became the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and still win the NBA title. LeBron James scored 27 points, 11 boards and 11 assists while Kyrie Irving fired 26 markers, including the game-winning triple that sealed the title for the Cavaliers. The game was tied at 89-all with 4:39 remaining. Both teams exchanged baskets after another in the remaining minutes, but no one could buy a basket. But Irving, who waxed hot in the second half, pulled up a booming triple to give the Cavaliers a 92-89 lead with 53 seconds left. That big play was followed by a huge defensive stance on the other end. Kevin Love stood his ground after finding himself guarding Steph Curry who was forced to make tough triple with 30 seconds left.
James then hurt himself on the next sequence after a botched dunk. It took a while for him to get up after seemingly hurting his wrist. He managed to make one of two free throws to push Cavaliers’ lead, 93-89, with 10 seconds left that was enough for them to capture the crown. The Warriors got hot in the first quarter, burying five triples. But the Cavaliers stayed within striking distance thanks to efforts from James and Kevin Love who made his presence felt with seven rebounds in the period alone. Cleveland was able to take a 23-22 lead after the opening quarter. Draymond Green then caught fire as he sank three out of his five first half three-pointers in the second quarter. He capped off his 22-point explosion with a three-point play. Leandro Barbosa then contributed a triple to give the Warriors a 47-40 lead, then the biggest in the game. At the half, it was 49-42 for the Warriors. But right as the Warriors were about to pull away, the Cavaliers put themselves back in the game. JR Smith rattled eight straight points, including two triples that Cleveland had been missing, to start the third frame. Irving then made a difficult layup over big man Festus Ezeli and all of a sudden, the game was tied at 54-all. However, Curry stopped Cleveland’s momentum. He foiled a LeBron alley oop with a steal, then scored a layup on the other end. He also fired a booming triple for a quick 5-0 run of his own.

Cleveland had a quick answer: an 11-0 run capped by a tough Irving and-one, finished off a sublime lefty layup over Green, gave the Cavaliers a 65-59 lead with 4:33 left. But Green kept the Warriors alive. He drew a foul from James in a three-point attempt and made all three free throws. He also buried a triple, before Shaun Livingston got away for a fastbreak dunk to tie things up at 71-all. The Warriors took a slim 76-75 lead entering the final frame. A 7-2 run by the Warriors handed them an 87-83 lead. But Cleveland didn’t go away, as James made all of his three charity shots off a foul, then fired a triple for an 89-87 edge. Klay Thompson quickly erased the deficit with a layup to knot the score at 89-all with just 4:39 left. And that was when Irving delivered the heroics to deliver Cleveland its first-ever title. Green led the way for the Warriors with 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Curry finished with 17, while Thompson had 14. It was a disappointing end for the Warriors who had been the favorite to win the championship after registering a 73-9 regular season record, the best-ever in NBA history.
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