Kyrie Irving (26 points, 10-23 FG) hit a clutch three-pointer with 53 seconds left to give Cleveland Cavaliers a 92-89 lead. Following that, Stephen Curry missed two big shots as Cavs clinched their maiden NBA championship on Sunday with an emphatic 93-89 victory over Golden State Warriors in Game 7.
LeBron James registered only the third triple-double in NBA Finals (Game 7) history with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks as the Cavs became the first team in history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the title. |Final Box Score|
Draymond Green had 32 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists but didn’t get the needed help from Curry (17 points, 6-19 FG, 4-14 3pt) and Klay Thompson (14 points, 2-10 3pt) as the Warriors got out-scored 18-13 in the final period.
Kyrie Irving ices the game
The game swung back-and-forth and proved to be the first close game in the entire series. In the end, it was Irving’s clutch three that sealed the deal for the Cavs.
The Cavaliers have ended a 52-year wait with their first major sports championship since the Cleveland Browns won the NFL title in 1964.
Meanwhile, LeBron James was named Finals MVP for the third time in his career after winning his third championship.”CLEVELAND! This is for you!” James screamed in his postgame interview. “I’m happy to be a part of history. I’m home. I’m home. … I’m at a loss for words. This is unbelievable,” added James.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue exulted: “We made history tonight. Cleveland, Ohio, we’re coming back, baby!”
LeBron James can’t control emotions…
ESPN writes: “An emotional James fell to the floor when this one ended with a second win in six days on Golden State’s imposing home floor, surrounded by his teammates. Only seconds earlier, he went down in pain with 10.6 seconds left after being fouled by Draymond Green while going for a dunk, then came back out to make the second of two free throws.”
LeBron James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to win Finals MVP with multiple teams. Kyrie Irving averaged close to 27 ppg through the 7 games but James was the deserving winner due to his overall impact, leading both teams in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals.
As for the Golden State Warriors, their season ended in an anti-climax after winning a record 73 regular season games. Having asserted a 3-1 series lead after Game 4, they failed to close out Cavs on three consecutive occasions.
“It hurts, man,” Curry, the reigning two-time MVP, said after the heartbreaking defeat. “I’m proud of every single guy that stepped foot on the floor for our team this year. … Hopefully we’ll have many more opportunities to fight for championships and be on this stage. This is what it’s all about.”
Curry admitted that he couldn’t stand up when it mattered most. “I didn’t do enough to help my team win. It will haunt me for a while.”
Kyrie Irving summed it up the best: “It was a fairy-tale ending.”