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2016 NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015—16 year 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 the 2015 NBA Finals. This was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and also the first Finals since 2008 where the number one seed in every summit met. This was the second straight 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 setting the NBA regular season wins record (73—9), jumped into a two —0 lead in the series while recording the biggest combined margin of victory (48) through two matches in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded 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 next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3—1 deficit. It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was instituted for the Finals. In prior years, the Finals were performed at a Thursday—Sunday. However, the league changed its scheduling to make sure an excess day off for the two teams, which need to travel from one city to another during the series. This, along with the designated travel day, happened 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, 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 at a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks

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