LeBron James inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull off an amazing NBA finals comeback to beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in the deciding game on Sunday.
The Cavaliers are now the first team to overturn a 3-1 Finals deficit by beating the defending champions and thus ending Cleveland’s 52-year run without a major sports championship.
It was a remarkable performance by the man many call “King,” as James carried the Cavs back into this series and finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Cavs claim the championship and give their city its first major sports winner since the Browns won the NFL title in 1964.
LeBron had left the Cavaliers in 2010 after seven fruitless years in search of a title and moved to the Miami Heat, where he won back-to-back titles but the lure of home was too strong and he returned to Cleveland in 2014, and made a promise to bring a championship to his native land. It seemed he would deliver on that promise last year when he led them to the finals but they were defeated by the Warriors. He has now delivered on that promise beating the best regular season team in history. 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.
James received the title of the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals following his team’s 93-89 championship-clinching win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. James, who spear-headed the Cavs’ remarkable comeback from a 3-1 series deficit admitted he gave the game his all
“I gave it everything that I had. I poured my heart, my blood, my sweat and my tears into this game,” an emotional James said after the game.
And that sweat included 41 points in Games 5 and 6, as he pulled his team back from the brink with enormous help from Kyrie Irving, who also scored 41 points in Game 5.