Cleveland Fans Celebrate Into The Night
The city of Cleveland will never be the same again. There was pandemonium on the streets Sunday night after LeBron James and the Cavaliers were crowned NBA champions at Oracle Arena some 2,500 miles away in the Bay Area.Advertisement
The Cavaliers ended a 52-year championship drought and brought home a title for the first time since the Cleveland Browns won the NFL championship in 1964. The Cavs also became the first team in NBA history to bounce back from a 3-1 finals deficit. They also became the first team to beat a 69+ wins team in the finals; the Golden State Warriors won a record 73 games in the regular season.
Cleveland on cloud No. 9
When the final buzzer went off at the Oracle Arena, more than 20,000 fans erupted at the Q, having gathered to watch the game on the Jumbotron. “This is a miracle. For LeBron to come back and deliver us this championship, he deserves everything he gets,” 70-year-old John Polance of Mogadore, Ohio, told ESPN.com.
Cleveland authorities, cops included, allowed the fans to sing and dance on the streets. In fact, the police didn’t object to fans dancing atop of a fire truck that was parked outside the Quickens Loans Arena.
“I have tears in my eyes,” said 34-year-old barner Kevin Hodge from Cleveland Heights.
Wilson, another emotional fan exulted: “I’m in disbelief. LeBron should be on Mount Rushmore.”
According to ESPN: “Police reported a few arrests by 1 a.m. ET and a car with its windshield smashed. But no major problems were reported at that time.
Some police officers even high-fived with fans in the street. Two mounted officers watched over the celebration near the arena.”
Cleveland Cavaliers will fly back home on Monday morning to a rapturous ovation. “I can’t wait to get back home,” was the first thing James said after delivering on his promise to the state of Ohio.
James saluted the fans of Cleveland: “Our fans, they ride or die, no matter what’s been going on, no matter the Browns, the Indians, the Cavs, and all other sports teams. They continue to support us. And for us to be able to end this, end this drought, our fans deserve it. They deserve it. And it was for them.”
There will be a championship parade on Monday.