The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season and conclusion of the 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of their 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals ever, and also the very first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in every summit met. It was the second right rematch in back-to-back decades, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which earned home-court benefit with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a 2–0 lead to the string while documenting the largest combined margin of success (48) through two matches in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and reacted with a 120–90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully defeat a 3–1 shortage. Additionally, it marked the first time since 1978 the Game 7 has been obtained by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format has been instituted for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — in previous decades, the Finals were played at a Thursday — Sunday. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an excess day off for both groups, which need to travel from 1 city to another throughout the collection. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 5, 4, and 6.
The triumph from the Cavaliers has been the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, along with also the first-ever championship won from the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into the historic comeback. James had a great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players in a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks
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