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 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals ever, and the very first Finals since 2008 where the number one seed in every conference fulfilled. This was the second right rematch in back-to-back years, since the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which earned home-court benefit with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a two –0 lead in the string whilst recording the biggest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded 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 next 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 the Game 7 was won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format has been instituted for the Finals. In prior decades, the Finals were performed in a Thursday–Sunday. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an excess day off for the two groups, which have to journey from one city to another throughout the collection. This, together with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The triumph by the Cavaliers has been the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and also the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historic recovery. 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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