The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 year 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 at a rematch of their 2015 NBA Finals. This was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals in history, and the very first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. It was the second right rematch in back-to-back decades, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which made home-court advantage with establishing the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a 2–0 lead in the string whilst recording the biggest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and reacted with a 120–90 triumph 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. Additionally, it marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was assessed for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — in prior decades, the Finals were played in a Thursday — Sunday. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both groups, which need to travel from 1 town to another during the collection. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The triumph by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, along with also the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historical 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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