19 June 2016
It was a historic moment yesterday when the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors on their home court in Oakland, California to become the 2016 NBA champions with a 93-89 win.
After losing their first two consecutive games against the Warriors in the Finals, the Cavaliers became the first team to rally from a 3-1 finals deficit, and ultimately beat the defending champions Golden State Warriors, ending a 52-year major sports championship drought in Cleveland.
Speaking about the win, Cleveland Cavaliers forward and new league MVP, LeBron James said, “I’m happy to be a part of history,” adding, “I’m home. I’m home. … I’m at a loss for words. This is unbelievable.”
Following the Cavaliers’ win, James bounced two-time reigning MVP, Stephen Curry, to clinch the title as the league’s Most Valuable Player, making it a double loss for the Golden State Warriors’ guard who had helped his team win the championship twice in a row.
Speaking about his team’s loss, Curry said: “It hurts, man. I’m proud of every single guy that stepped foot on the floor for our team this year. … Hopefully we’ll have many more opportunities to fight for championships and be on this stage. This is what it’s all about.”
The Cavaliers are the fourth team in history to win the Game 7 NBA Finals in the opposing team’s home state.
It is also the first NBA game decided by five points or fewer since Golden State’s 125-121 May 11th victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 5 of the second round.
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