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In a Game 7 for the ages, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 93-89 to win the 2016 NBA Championship, ending the city’s 52-year championship drought.
With the Splash Brothers held to just 12-for-36 shooting from the field, Draymond Green had a dominant performance for the Warriors with 32 points on 15 shots to go with 15 rebounds and 9 assists. Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 6 rebounds, but more importantly nailed one of the biggest shots in NBA history, hitting a nasty game-winning, step-back jumper in Stephen Curry’s face.
LeBron James followed up two straight 40 point performances with a beastly triple-double, finishing Game 7 with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. The highlight of the night was LeBron’s monster block on Andre Iguodala’s layup attempt late in the game, which prevented the Warriors from taking the lead. James joined Tim Duncan, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as the only player to win three Finals MVP awards.
The three-time NBA Champion averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks per game in the biggest series of his career.