For the first time in NBA history, a team has come from a 3-1 deficit to win the Championship. That team would be the LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s the first time in 52 years that a Cleveland team has won a major sports title. James scored 27 points, collected 11 rebounds, delivered 11 assists, blocked three shots and had two steals…his seventh Finals triple-double as the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday. He was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career, averaging 29.7 points.
It was the first game of the series that wasn’t a decisive win. In other words it was close with the lead changing hands over 20 times. The Warriors did mange an 8 point lead, but the Cavs came charging back and it went down to the wire. Kyrie Irving, hit a 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining and gave the Cavaliers the lead and the improbable title.
James was drafted by the Cavaliers to bring a title to a championship-starved city. He left the city, went to Miami and won two titles with the Heat. Returned to the Cavs. Lost to Golden State in the 2015 Finals. Found himself and teammates down 3 games to 1. Finally…when the final whistle blew, James collapsed on the court and openly wept. He had led his team, beating the seemingly invincible Warriors for the 2016 championship.
James shaped his legacy with a series of Hall of Fame performances in the Finals. He is now 31 years old with three NBA titles to his name, and in my opinion, has to be considered in the conversation about the best who ever played in the NBA. Now I know why they call him “King James”
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