The Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2016 NBA Champions. In a hard fought game, the Cav’s came out on top over the Golden State Warriors, 93-89 in the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ca.
It is the first professional championship of any sport for the city of Cleveland since 1964. Cavaliers fans filled the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as well as filled the plaza area outside of the arena and cheered their team on as the game was shown on display screens.
LaBron James was named the series MVP for his dominant performance for the Cav’s. This was his third Finals MVP, tying Magic Johnson, and Shaquille O’Neal. The Cav’s and Warriors traded wins to begin the series, however Cleveland fell to a 3-1 deficit. No team has been able to come back and win a series after being down 3-1 in the finals…until tonight.
Cleveland battled back to give the Warriors their first back-to-back losses this season and even the series at 3-3. Game 7, played tonight, determined the 2016 Champion.
Golden State came out with a strong game, with Draymond Green hitting clutch 3-point shots to keep the Warriors in contention. Steph Curry and Clay Thompson were threats as always, but several Curry errant passes and missed open 3-point shots in the fourth quarter failed to give the Warriors their usual push to victory.
For the Cavaliers, however, Kyrie Erving proved to be the clutch shooter on the floor, hitting a 3-point jump shot over Curry to almost seal the game. Lebron used his physical dominance to dominate near the basket and blocked a key lay up by Andre Igudala in the final minutes.