Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just wrote the greatest comeback story ever told in sports history.
The Cavaliers delivered the most memorable finals series ever witnessed clawing back from a desolate 3-1 deflect to bring the city of Cleveland their first championship in 52 years, against the greatest regular season team in history - The 73 win Golden State Warriors.
Lebron James, born and bred in Akron, Ohio, and drafted by his native Cavaliers, returned as the prodigal son after his 4 year stint with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. James made a bold promise two years ago upon his return to bring a championship to the city of Cleveland - Well.. He has done it.
We just witnessed one of the greatest to ever play this game carry his team to the highest accomplishment in the history of this game against all odds. A story that solidifies Lebrons legacy on the same playing field as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird.
James finished the series with the most incredible stat line this game has ever seen, leading in nearly every single category - Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals and Blocks. Elias Sports Bureau research shows that it’s the first time any player has led both teams in all those categories in any playoff series of any length. James finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Game 7 making him only the third player to record a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The others were Jerry West in a losing effort for the 1969 Lakers against the Celtics and James Worthy in the 1988 Lakers’ win over the Pistons. Lebron averaged 29.7PPG, 49% FG, 11.3 REB, 8.9 APG, 2.7 STLS and 2.2 Blks.
Obviously Lebron couldn't have done it without huge contributions from his team mates - Tristian Thompson, Richard Jefferson, JR Smith, and Kevin Love but the undeniable X-Factor in this series was Kyrie Irving who came up huge for the Cavs finishing with 27.3 PPG on 48% shooting and also got it done defensively holding the MVP Steph Curry to just 23.5 PPG on 43% shooting.
For the Warriors, who had a record 73 wins during the 82-game regular season, Sunday's defeat marked the first time since November 2013 that they have lost three consecutive games.
Congratulations Cleveland, you deserved this championship. This was the greatest sports story ever told. This is why we love this game, this is where amazing happens.
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