Cavaliers edge out Warriors for first NBA trophy

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LeBron James with the trophy

LeBron James with the trophy

LeBron James has led Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first NBA trophy, beating Golden State Warriors, defending champions at home, 93-89.

For James, the victory has cemented his name in the NBA legend. Twice he had played in two NBA finals Game 7, twice he had won both.

More remarkable was that James’ Cavaliers have become the first team in NBA history to come back from a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, winning the final three games of the series over the 73-win Warriors.

James had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the clincher, after going off for 41 points apiece in Games 5 and 6. It was the third Game 7 triple-double in NBA history. After leaving Cleveland for the Miami Heat in 2010 and winning two titles, the Akron native returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 to deliver a title to the Ohio city that hadn’t seen a championship in any major sport since the Cleveland Browns won the 1964 NFL Championship.
He came through in his second season back in Cleveland, leading the Cavaliers to an improbable title over the Warriors.

After winning the most games in regular season history, the Warriors came up short in the Finals, losing three consecutive games for the first time all season after dominating the Cavaliers through the first four games of the series to the tune of a 3-1 lead. Stephen Curry had 17 points in Game 7, but struggled throughout the series, failing to live up to his back-to-back regular season MVP awards.

Oracle Arena roared from the opening tip as both teams came out firing. Festus Ezeli started for the first time all postseason in place of the injured Andrew Bogut, and the Warriors avoided a repeat of their slow start in Game …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper