History: Cavs 93-89 Warriors

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won their first ever NBA title thanks to a monstrous triple- double from LeBron James.

The Golden State Warriors failed to capitalise on a 3-1 series lead, losing three straight games for the first time under head coach Steve Kerr.

LeBron finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and was unanimously voted the Finals MVP for the third time in his career.

The 31-year-old lead both teams in scoring, rebounds, assists, blocks, minutes and steals throughout the series as he finally delivers on the promise he made to Ohio two years ago when he first returned to the team.

The win marks the first time any team has comeback from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit and is the first major sporting trophy for the city of Cleveland since 1964.

The Warriors meanwhile were heartbroken following a record-breaking 73 win season, with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combining to shoot 12/36 from the field.

However, the biggest disappointment would have to be the performance of Harrison Barnes over the past three games.

The swingman shot just 15% over the final three games, landing just five shots from 32 attempts.

This is disastrous for ‘Black Falcon’ as he enters free agency looking to land a big money-deal.

And while the Warriors front office insisted they would match anything that was offered to Barnes, their jobs have become considerably easier.

It wasn’t all bad news for the Warriors though, as Draymond Green once again proved why he’s one of the most versatile players in the NBA.

He finished the first half with 22 points, including five three pointers.

By the end of the game, Green was nearing triple-double territory as he finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

The Warriors will take respite from the fact that their team will mostly remain intact for next season with plenty of cap space in what is set to be the biggest free agency period ever.

 

But for not, the Cavaliers deserve credit where credit is due.

Kyrie Irving once again came up huge for the team, finishing with 26 points and ultimately landing the three-pointer that would ice the game.

Despite the controversy surrounding his $82million contract, Tristan Thompson proved he’s worth every dollar with constant effort and demonstrating his own versatility by guarding Curry off the dribble.

While Kevin Love was often marginalised for the majority of the season, it’s hard to imagine the Cavaliers winning game seven without him as was instrumental in grabbing rebounds and contesting Curry’s final shot.

LeBron James. He came back and made a promise to deliver a championship.

And deliver he did.

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