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 their 2015 NBA Finals. This was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals ever, and the very first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. This was the second right rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which earned home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a two –0 lead to the series while recording 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 3 games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 shortage. It also marked the first time since 1978 the Game 7 was won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was assessed for the Finals. In a Thursday — Sunday, the Finals were performed in prior decades — Tuesday scheme. However, the league changed its scheduling to make sure an excess day off for both groups, which need to travel from one town to another throughout the collection. This, together with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The triumph by 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 by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into the historic comeback. James had a historically 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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