Cavaliers beat the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 to win the NBA championship

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LeBron James in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

OAKLAND – The hosts were trying to solidify their place among the best teams in NBA History. The guests were hoping to end over a half-century of championship frustration for their city.

After 48 memorable minutes, it’s the Cavaliers that have brought joy to a city desperate for it in professional sports

The Cavaliers took a late lead in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night and held on to beat the Warriors 93-89 for their first championship in franchise history. It is the first for a Cleveland pro sports team since the Browns won the NFL Championship in 1964.

Doing so took a first for the NBA Finals: A team rallying from a 3-1 deficit to win the series. Three-straight victories by the Cavaliers-including two on the road in Oakland-put them in the record books.

NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, whose return to Cleveland two years ago reopened the championship window closed after he left for Miami in 2010, scored a team-high 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds in the winning effort. He won the third NBA title of his career aided by Kyrie Irving, whose final three of 26 points on the evening with 53 seconds left put Cleveland ahead to stay.

Golden State, who won an NBA-record 73 games in the regular season, is now saddled with the distinction of being the first team to blow a 3-1 series lead. Draymond Green led the way for the Warriors with 32 points and his bucket with 5:37 left gave the Warriors a four point lead. After that they would only score two points as the Cleveland defense stiffened.

James turned the tide the Cavaliers’ way for the final time when he blocked Andre Iguodala in transition with 1:09 left. Irving hit an off-balance three-pointer 16 seconds later to put Cleveland up by three. James added a free throw in the final ten second and the Cavaliers’ defense held after that to set off a celebration in Northeast Ohio that was 52 years in the making.