LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers became the 2016 NBA champions on Sunday (June 19), after defeating the Warriors in Game 7, 93-89.
LeBron was also unanimously named MVP of the NBA Finals, the third time in his career, and brings home a title to Cleveland after more than five decades — the first major sports championship since 1964.
Over the seven-game series, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists with an effective field goal percentage of 53.3. He also became the third player to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988.
After winning his first two titles with the Miami Heat, and also earning Finals MVPs in 2012 and 2013, he returned to Cleveland as a free agent in July 2014… and led the team to the Finals last season, only to come up short.
This year, however, James led the Cavs to the championship, and became the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the Finals.
“I came back for a reason,” James said. “I came back to bring a championship to our city. I knew what I was capable of doing. I knew what I learned in the last couple years that I was gone, and I knew if I had to — when I came back — I knew I had the right ingredients and the right blueprint to help this franchise get back to a place that we’ve never been. That’s what it was all about.”