The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 year 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 preceding NBA Finals in history, and also the very first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in every conference met. It 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 earned home-court advantage with establishing the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a two –0 lead to the string while documenting the biggest combined margin of victory (48) through two matches 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 3 games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully defeat a 3–1 deficit. It also marked the first time since 1978 the Game 7 has been won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format has been assessed for the Finals. In prior years, the Finals were performed at a Thursday–Sunday. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an excess day off for the two groups, which have to journey from 1 town to another throughout the series. This, along with the designated travel day, happened after Games 2, 5, 4, and 6.
The win from 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 from the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into 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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