Arena: Cavs Make History With Game 7 Victory in NBA Finals
When Lebron James returned to Cleveland, he made the promise of his life to 11 million fans and last night, he delivered.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made history as the only team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals and win the championship. James lead the Cavs to a 93-89 victory over a team deemed invincible in the regular season. A defeated Golden State Warriors team left their home court with a new found vengeance for next year. Meanwhile, King James broke down in tears after winning the NBA title for the city of Cleveland for the first time in 52 years. In possibly the best performance of his career, James finished the game with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists as the third player in NBA history to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the finals. His relentless effort throughout the series made him look superhuman and evidently, he was named the unanimous MVP. All odds were against him and that only fueled him even more. A true champion thrives under pressure and in perhaps the most stressful game of his life, James maintained a certain calmness that silenced the loudest arena in the NBA.
After an emotional victory, he made sure to thank the fans:
"Our fans, they ride or die, no matter what's been going on, no matter the Browns, the Indians, the Cavs and so on, and all other sports teams. They continue to support us. And for us to be able to end this drought, our fans deserve it," James said.
James could not have done it without the role of his supporting cast. Kyrie Irving definitely won the battle of the sidekicks in this series. He commanded game 6 with 41 points, diminishing every defensive attempt with crazy handles. In game 7, Irving once again showcased his superstar persona as he delivered a clutch shot to break the tie in under a minute left of the fourth quarter. With Curry's hand in his face, Irving knocked down the 3-pointer, stunning a sea of number 30 jerseys in one of the biggest plays of the night.
But what happened to the dream team from the Bay area? Everyone awaited a fourth-quarter take over from Curry, but it never came. He continued to take radical shots in hopes of a breakthrough, but looked defeated with every missed opportunity. The reigning MVP was just 4 for 14 from 3-point range and had more turnovers than assists. The great thing about the Splash brothers is that when one of them is off, the other seems to shine. Unfortunately, Klay Thompson could not rescue Curry in this game after finishing with a mere 14 points. The only flash of hope came from Draymond Green, who carried the team with 32 points and 15 rebounds. He was an unstoppable force in the first half as he drained 8 of 10 shots from the perimeter and was 5-of-5 from the 3 point line. He battled hard, but in the end, it was not enough and the Warriors were defeated in one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.
This series had just about everything: ejections, brawls, twitter drama, and even conspiracy theories. However, what people will remember is the resilience of the Cavs that earned them a historic comeback and a game 7 victory that rocked the sports world.