LeBron James fulfills mission, leads Cavaliers to first NBA title
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LeBron James fulfills mission, leads Cavaliers to first NBA title
Sunday June 19th, 2016

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The Cleveland Cavaliers pushed past the Golden State Warriors late in the fourth quarter to pull off a 93–89 victory in Game 7 and seal their first NBA title in franchise history.

The record-setting 73–9 Warriors were stifled at the end of an insane, back-and-forth game that ended with a critical LeBron James block, a clutch Kyrie Irving three and a clinching free throw by James, on the road, no less.

The Cavaliers are the first team to overcome a 3–1 Finals deficit.  James scored 41 points in consecutive games, then came through with a triple-double (27-10-11), three blocks and two steals in Game 7. He 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks on his way to being named Finals MVP.

Irving led the Cavs with 26 points on the night. Draymond Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Warriors.

Relive the entire game below.

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Draymond Green got off to a solid start.

Tristan Thompson continues his stellar defensive play.

And Kyrie is still Kyrie.

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Here’s Steph Curry’s first three of the game.

Klay in the mix.

Hi LeBron.

​Golden State, and Curry, came out shooting well from three, typically a good indicator of where they’re headed.

LeBron to the rack. We’re off to a solid start.


Things are picking up: Iman Shumpert with a four-point play and Curry responding with an and-one the other way.

Draymond Green has started 3–3 from three.

LeBron James is chasing a triple-double already and added this nasty block on Curry.

Basketball is still fun!!!

And Draymond opened 5–5 from three...

The Warriors led 49–42 at halftime. LeBron has 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Golden State has made 10 threes. Draymond Green has 22 points, six rebounds and five assists.

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The second half opened with a J.R. Smith barrage.

It’s getting weird.

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Kyrie Irving is cooking in the third. Look out.

​The Warriors punched back toward the end of the third to tie the game.

Take a bow, Shaun Livingston.

The Warriors lead 76–75 after three quarters.

Kyrie is keeping the Cavs afloat offensively in the early fourth.

This looks familiar.

Draymond with a hustle bucket.

LeBron with his first three of the night at a very good time.

Big defensive play from last year’s Finals MVP.

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Kyrie Irving with the late go-ahead three that would seal it.


The championship marks the first by any major Cleveland sports franchise since 1964.

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