2016 NBA Finals

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. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the very first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference fulfilled. This was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, since the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which earned home-court benefit with establishing the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead in the string whilst recording the biggest combined margin of victory (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 following three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome 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 was assessed for the Finals. In previous decades, the Finals were played at a Thursday–Sunday–Tuesday scheme. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to make sure an extra day off for both teams, which have to journey from 1 city to another during the collection. This, along with the designated travel day, happened after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The win from the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and also the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to 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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