LeBron James sealed the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 7 victory over the Golden State Warriors, 93–89, with a free throw just moments after falling hard following a dunk attempt in the NBA Finals.
In the final minutes of the game, with Cleveland up three, a cutting James took a pass from Kyrie Irving hard to the bucket. As he fell, he used his right hand to break his fall. He was writhing in pain, but got up to shoot his two free throws. He missed the first free throw, then hit the second.
James went on to win his third Finals MVP and the first title in Cavs history. The Cavaliers are the first team to overcome a 3–1 Finals deficit. James scored 41 points in consecutive games and came through with a triple-double (27-10-11), three blocks and two steals in Game 7. He averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks on the series.
The title is the first in Cleveland major pro sports history since the Browns won in 1964.