LeBron James wins NBA Finals MVP for 3rd time

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James is a champion again, and the NBA Finals MVP again.

By unanimous vote, James was selected as MVP of the title series, accepting his trophy from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Cleveland beat Golden State 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday night.

''This is what I came back for,'' James said.

James was overcome by emotion after the final horn. He's the finals MVP for the third time, also winning in 2012 and 2013 when he was a member of the Miami Heat.

''Best player on the planet,'' Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving said.

James became the third player to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988. He had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the clincher, capping a series where the Cavaliers became the first team to successfully overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals.

''You see his basketball talent, the way he can control a game,'' Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. ''But the reason why he deserves this is because he has a great heart ... and great things happen to great people.''

James is now 4-2 all-time in Game 7s, including 2-0 when those ultimate games come in the NBA Finals.

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