The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season 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. This 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 summit met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which earned home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a 2–0 lead to the series whilst documenting the largest combined margin of success (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded 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 games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully defeat 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 has been assessed for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — at a Thursday — Sunday, the Finals were performed in prior years. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both groups, which have to journey from 1 city to another throughout the series. This, together 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 from the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into 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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