The Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the Golden State Warriors, becoming the first team return from a 1-3 deficit to win the NBA Championship series.
In a neck-and-neck game, a star performance from LeBron James and a last-minute three-pointer from Kyrie Irving gave the Cavaliers the edge that allowed them to win the game 93-89 and the series 4-3.
James earned himself the series’ Most Valuable Player award and was praised by all his teammates after the match for his importance to the side. He also posted his seventh finals triple-double – a double-digit score in three of the five statistical categories of the game, points, total rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks – putting him just one behind Magic Johnson’s all-time record.
The championship win for the Cavaliers ends their 52-year major award drought and made good on James’s promise, when he returned to Cleveland from the Miami Heat, that he would bring the club their first NBA Championship. He broke down after the match, weeping “I’m home. This is what I came back for.”
It was James’ third NBA championship and his third NBA Finals MVP award. – Jarvis Small
Photo of LeBron James celebrating with his teammates from the Cleveland Cavaliers Facebook page.