LeBron James was the hero of the night in the last game of the NBA Finals, as he completed a remarkable comeback for the Cleveland Cavaliers to defeat the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors included a line-up of two Nigerian players; Festus Ezeli and Andre Iguodala. The Cavaliers won in a nail biting last minute of game play, 93-89, to lift the coveted NBA title and trophy in Sunday’s deciding Game 7 at the Oracle Arena, in San Francisco, California.
James willed the Cavaliers to their first title by scoring 41 points a piece in Games 5 and 6 as Cleveland became the first team to win an NBA championship when facing a 3-1 series deficit.
He capped his brilliant performance with a triple-double of 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Cavaliers’ series clinching the 93-89 win and giving the city its first title since the Browns won the 1964 NFL Championship. James is the third player to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, joining Jerry West who did it in 1969 and James Worthy who did it in 1988.
He equally won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NBA Finals for the third time and what was a deserved performance in the history of the NBA Finals.
“I came back for a reason. I came back to bring a championship to our city,” said James, who was in tears as he wrapped his arms around the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
“I knew what I was capable of doing. I knew what I learned in the last couple years that I was gone, and I knew I had the right ingredients and the right blueprint to help this franchise get back to a place that we’ve never been.”
“I gave it everything that I had. I poured my heart, my blood, my sweat and my tears into this game.”
For the Warriors, who had a record 73 wins during the 82-game regular season, Sunday’s defeat marked the first time since November 2013 that they have lost three consecutive games.
Draymond Green is one place to look when assigning blame for the Warriors losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
“I blame myself for everything,” Green said. “That’s just who I am. I think, as a leader, that’s important.”