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 at a rematch of their 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals ever, and the very first Finals since 2008 in which 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 made home-court benefit with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead to the string 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 3 matches to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. It also marked the first time since 1978 the 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 — in prior years, the Finals were performed in a Thursday — Sunday. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both teams, which have to journey from one city to another throughout the series. 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 historic comeback. James had a historically 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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