At 3-1 down in the NBA Finals, many people predicted that the Cleveland Cavaliers would lie down, perhaps looking for the pain to be over and done with for another year. After all, they were facing the record breakers, the team that had shown themselves to be the best of the best by a good distance. Then again, with LeBron James on your side, things are never quite over and three games later, the Cleveland Cavaliers are on top of the world.
Cleveland Cavaliers 93 – Golden State Warriors 89
In the final game, LeBron offered up 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in leading his team to their very first NBA Championship. James was ably assisted by Kyrie Irving who managed to grab 26 points in the game. With less than a minute on the clock, the game was level at 89-89 but this was the stage for Irving to sink a three point shot, putting the Cavs into a lead which they extended just before the end of the game.
The defeat was a hard one to take for the Warriors, playing in front of their home fans. The defeat means that their record breaking regular season will not be tarnished with the knowledge that the team couldn’t see out the season. 73 wins in the regular season will go down in the record books but without the NBA title, many will feel that the record counts for nothing.
That isn’t the concern of Cleveland though, a city where the celebrations will last a long time. The last time the city enjoyed a national sporting titles was back in 1964, when the NFL was bested by the Cleveland Browns. This gap was classed as the largest barren run for any major US city but thanks to LeBron and his team, the wait is over. This is exactly what LeBron was aiming to do when he returned to Cleveland from Miami and the fans who booed him in the wake of that previous move will now be hailing the player as a Messiah.
Steph Curry unperformed in the NBA Finals
Steph Curry has been unable to influence the NBA Finals this year and he was only able to provide 17 points in the Final, a poor total by his standards. There will be no opportunity for Curry to bounce back quickly because he has pulled out of the United States squad for the trip to Rio and the Olympic Games. This means Curry has a summer of rest and brooding about this loss to look forward to.
That is not the concern for LeBron James though who also grabbed his third Finals MVP. He received the award in 2012 and 2013 when he took the Heat to the title but it is likely that this award will feel a bit more special given the circumstances and story surrounding the 2016 NBA Finals.
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