The Cleveland Cavaliers ended their city’s 52-year championship drought with their 93–89 Game 7 victory in the NBA Finals on Sunday night, which newspapers across Ohio celebrated with front pages dedicated to the Cavaliers’ first title in franchise history.
A Cleveland team had not won a championship since the Browns in 1964, giving the city the longest stretch of futility among all cities with three or more professional sports teams.
When LeBron James returned to his home state of Ohio to play for the Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat, he promised the city a championship. He delivered on his promise on Sunday night, earning NBA Finals MVP after his 27-point performance in Game 7.
Check out the newspaper fronts chronicling Cleveland’s history-making night below.
The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to win after facing a 3–1 series deficit.