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 preceding NBA Finals ever, and also the very first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference fulfilled. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back decades, as 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 into a two –0 lead in 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 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the next 3 matches to become the first team in Finals history to successfully defeat a 3–1 shortage. It also marked the first time since 1978 that 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 played in previous years. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for the two teams, which need to journey from 1 city to another throughout the collection. This, together with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 5, 4, and 6.
The triumph from the Cavaliers has been the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, along with 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 at a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks
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