No one thought the Cavaliers were going to be able to come back after starting 2-0, but a win in game three in back in Cleveland proved to give the team the little bit of hope that they needed in order to make a comeback. It was still the Warriors in game four that showed they were determined to be back to back reigning champions. Leading 3-1 in the series, who would have thought that the Cavaliers would dominate not only in Oakland but back in Cleveland for game six. But this was it, this was the final moment, the final game of a long and tiring basketball season. No team as ever been able to come back for a 3-1 deficit and win a championship title, could the Cavaliers do it.
It was proven to be a fight till the end. With everything on the line, the Warriors were prepared to come with everything they had. Draymond Green was a powerhouse in the first half. Leading with 22 points, six rebounds, and a perfect 5-5 from the three point line. The Cavaliers were having a slow start as Lebron James only had 12 points, and the team as a whole was 1-14 from the three point line, yet they were only down by five going into the third quarter, 42-49.
20 lead changes and 11 ties, it was one epic game. Every time Cleveland started to make a rise, it was short lived by threes from Curry and Barnes, major rebounds from Green, or layups from Livingston. The Cavaliers still trailed 76-75 with only 12 minutes left in the season.
Eight minutes down, and it was little unsure if the Cavaliers had the will power to pull it off. Just when it seemed to be out of their reach, the king does what he does best, and that’s make big plays. A powerful three from was just the push that the Cavaliers needed. But the real game sealer was an immense three from downtown by Kyrie Irving paired with a shooting foul from Green drawn by James.
The dynamic duo did the unthinkable, they led their team to a championship win, the first title for the city of Cleveland since 1964. In Lebron’s last three game performances, he finished two games with 41 points, and game seven with a triple-double with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. The king was unanimously voted the finals MVP, giving him is third joining Magic, Duncan, and Shaq. He is also the first player in NBA history to lead all players on both teams in all five categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks) a finals series. Even in the mist of celebration, teammate Richard Jefferson announced it would be his last season as he plans to retire with a win.
A long season, in order to prove others wrongs. Make it back to the finals against all odds. To seek revenge and rightfully win what’s theirs. Definition of true champions. “The Cavaliers did something that no team has ever done in the history of the NBA Finals, overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win it all. Their first title in franchise history. Congratulations Cleveland, your decade long wait is finally over. The Cavaliers are NBA Champions.” Cleveland, this one is for you.