Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven NBA finals as they beat Golden State Warriors. A LeBron James-inspired Cavaliers won the deciding game 93-89 to complete their comeback against the defending champions, who had won a record 73 games out of 82 in the regular season. James scored 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to help Cleveland to their first NBA title. Cleveland's historic comeback was completed against the best regular season team in history. "I gave it everything I had. I poured my heart, my blood, my sweat and my tears into this game," he said.
Led by Steph Curry, the Warriors had set a new record by winning 73 games, beating the mark set by Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls side in 1995-96. Cleveland's success also ended the city's 52-year wait for a major sporting title. Their last significant success was an NFL crown for Cleveland Browns in 1964. The gap between victories represented the longest barren spell for any US city. James was named Most Valuable Player of the finals for the third time. He also won the award in 2012 and 2013 while helping Miami Heat to the title.
Following Sunday's victory, James, who ended his four-year spell with Miami to return to his home-town side in 2014. said: "I've had a goal for two years since I came back to bring a championship to the city. I can't wait to get off that plane, hold that trophy up and see all our fans at the terminal. To continue to be an inspiration to our city, it means everything."