One for the history books

No team in NBA Finalshistory has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win it all. That was the precursor heading into Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals with everything on the line. On paper, the Golden State Warriors certainly had the advantage, they were playing in front of their home crowd in Oakland, a packed Oracle Arena. The Warriors had a fast start from the 3-point line and it looked as though things were getting off to business as usual.

This was undoubtedly the closest game of this seven game series, and it couldn't have come at a better time, with countless ties, lead changes, and no lead larger than seven points, things literally and figuratively came down to the wire.

Golden State Warriors careless in the clutch

While the Warriors did get an inspired performance from Draymond Green, who finished one assist shy of a triple-double, the team as a whole didn't get much out of anyone else (including both Splash Brothers). Stephen Curry had some foul trouble early that certainly got him out of rhythm, this, coupled with a few careless turnovers and the missing of shots he would otherwise make, was a key factor down the stretch.

Still, the game was tied at 89 points a piece with a little over two minutes to go, and the game was literally hanging in the balance for a few minutes.

Kyrie Irving makes play of the game, clinches title for Cleveland

Kyrie Irving spent the majority of last year's Finals watching from a hospital bed as he nursed a season-ending knee injury, and, in a lot of ways, him sinking what was essentially the game winning 3-point shot, face-up, in one-on-one isolation against the MVP Stephen Curry was a poetic finish to what was essentially unfinished business from last season.

With the game tied at 89, Irving found the bottom of the cup to put Cleveland up 92-89. LeBron James was fouled hard on the next possession, sinking one of two free throws to put Cleveland up by four points, and the rest, as they say, is history.

History is definitely a fitting term to take away from these NBA Finals.

There is the NBA history that was secured, as Cleveland became the first team in NBA Finals history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win it all. There's also the history for the city of Cleveland, as the Cavaliers win their first title in franchise history and end the long standing drought in the city across all sports teams and franchises.

To add to this, there is also the endless debate that follows LeBron James wherever he goes. Love him or hate him, he was able to deliver on the promise he made, and make good on his proclamation to finally bring a championship home -- something that has eluded him his entire career. It takes a lot to win a Game 7 on the road with everything on the line, and LeBron was able to answer the call, finishing with a triple-double and putting the exclamation point on a spectacular season. As an extra added side note, it has to feel good for the team and the franchise as a whole to get revenge on the team that beat them in the Finals last season, and to get the win on the road only adds to the triumph.

This may very well be the crowned jewel for the King, and, as a fan of the game of Basketball, it doesn't get much better than this.

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