The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 year and conclusion of this 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. This was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals ever, and also the very first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each summit met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, 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 in the series whilst documenting the biggest combined margin of victory (48) through two matches in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded with 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 three matches to become the first team in Finals history to successfully defeat a 3–1 deficit. Additionally, it marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 has been obtained by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format has been instituted for the Finals. At a Thursday — Sunday, the Finals were performed in prior decades — Tuesday scheme. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an excess day off for the two groups, which have to travel from 1 town to another throughout the series. This, together with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The triumph from the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into 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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