The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 year 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 the 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 each summit met. This 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 to a 2–0 lead to the string while documenting the largest combined margin of victory (48) through two matches in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and reacted using a 120–90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the following 3 games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 shortage. It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was assessed for the Finals. At a Thursday — Sunday, the Finals were performed in previous years — Tuesday scheme. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an excess day off for the two teams, which need to journey from 1 city to another during the series. This, together with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The win by the Cavaliers has been the first major professional sports championship won by a team located in Cleveland since 1964, along with the first-ever championship won by 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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