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