The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season and conclusion of the 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 at a rematch of their 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the very first Finals since 2008 where the number one seed in every conference met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back decades, since the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which made home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a 2–0 lead in the series whilst documenting the largest combined margin of success (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded with a 120–90 triumph in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the following three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 shortage. Additionally, it marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 has been won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format has been instituted for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — in a Thursday — Sunday, the Finals were played in previous decades. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an excess day off for both groups, which have to travel from 1 city to another throughout the collection. This, together with the designated travel day, happened after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The triumph by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won from the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historical comeback. James had a great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players in a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks
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