CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland’s championship drought, crossing 52 years and generations, is over at last.Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought ended with an electrifying 93-89 victory over Golden State to give the Cavaliers their first NBA title.
As usual, LeBron James led the way. James became the third player in NBA history to record a triple-double in a championship Game 7, joining Jerry West and James Worthy of the Lakers. James finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and six rebounds. He hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with just under a minute left.
Draymond Green was high man for the Warriors with 32 points and 15 boards. But league MVP Stephen was held to 17 points on six of 19 shooting. Klay Thompson added 14 for the Warriors, who set a league record with 73 regular-season wins but were denied a second straight NBA title.
Cleveland had been without a championship in the four major sports since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964.
LeBron James, the kid from Akron raised by a single mother, brought the title home on Father’s Day.
As the final seconds ticked off on the giant scoreboard inside Quicken Loans Arena, 18,000 fans, some of them strangers when Sunday night began, cried, hugged, screamed and shared a moment many of them have spent a lifetime dreaming of.
With James leading the way and winning MVP honors, the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in their victory over the Golden State Warriors.
At 10:37 p.m., Cleveland became a title town for the first time since Dec. 27, 1964, when the Browns won the NFL championship. There had been so many close calls in between, so much heartache.
“I can’t wait to get back home,” James said.