The Cleveland Cavaliers have been crowned NBA Champions, yes you read that right, after coming from 3-1 down in the finals series to beat the reigning champions the Golden State Warriors 4-3.
LeBron James, the number 1 pick in the draft in 2003 by the Cavs, led his hometown team to their first Championship since they were founded in 1970. James did manage to reach the final on three occasions with Cleveland, but didn’t manage to seal the deal until now.
After scoring 41 points in both game 5 & 6 to bring the Cavs all-square in the servers, he came up with a triple-double in game 7 including 27 points, 11, rebounds and 11 assists as they won 93-89 to dethrone the Warriors.
James said, “I don’t know why the man above give me the hardest road, but … the man above don’t put you in situations that you can’t handle. I just kept that same positive attitude. Instead of saying, ‘Why me?’ I said, ‘This is what He wants me to do.’ And Cleveland, this is for you.”
After leaving Cleveland for Miami in 2010, the 31 year-old returned to the Cavs in 2014 after winning two championships with the Heat.
“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.”
He was named Finals MVP for a third time after the game. Over the seven-game series, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists. He became only the third player in history to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the Finals, joining Jerry West and James Worthy.