LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers became the first NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals and ended Cleveland’s 52-year, major professional sports championship drought. LeBron James had a super performance contributing 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 93-89 victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday that clinched the Cavaliers’ first championship in franchise history.
Both teams do what they best at to try to win the game Cleveland was physical, bullying Golden State on the boards (48-39) and in the paint (48-28). James who had a 41-point was assertive, racking up 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the first half. While all eyes were on Stephen Curry, it was Draymond Green who provided a first-half spark, piling up 22 points and making all five of his three-point attempts.
Curry scored nine-points in the first half, but needed eight shots to get them. Klay Thompson was worse. Curry’s sidekick scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting in the first two quarters. Fortunately for Golden State, James received less help. After scoring 64 points the last two games, Kyrie Irving could muster just nine in the first half. And Kevin Love, desperately in need of a breakout performance, had five points on 1-of-5 shooting.
The battle between James and Curry, already chippy, continued in Game 7. James blocked a Curry layup in the second quarter, lingering in Curry’s vicinity for a few seconds. Curry turned, bumped into James chest and began barking at the Cavs star. Green interceded, and referee Mike Callahan needed to step in and separate them.
Draymond Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists for the Warriors, and Stephen Curry had 17 points but shot just 6 of 19 from the field. In the final minute, Curry missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game. With 10.6 seconds left, James made 1 of 2 free throws to seal the win.
LeBron James was named Finals MVP.
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