Kyrie Irving took a long range jump shot that swished through the net with less than one minute remaining in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. The basket gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a lead they never relinquished as they won the NBA Title.
The Cavaliers completed what few thought they would, rallying from a deficit of 3-1 in the series to win three straight and the NBA title. The NBA title was the first for the Cleveland franchise.
The game was surprisingly close throughout. The first six games of the series had all been decided by more than 10 points but NBA fans were able to see a thriller from the opening tip.
Both teams never looked that comfortable in their game on Sunday, which likely caused poor shooting and a low scoring game.
The Cavaliers were led by LeBron James. Irving scored 26 points, including the decisive 3-pointer in the final minute of play. James recorded a triple double with 27 points, 11 boards and 11 assists.
It was a defense play by James late in the game that was a big turning point. As Andre Iguodala appeared to go up for an easy layup, James flew in from nowhere and blocked the shot off the backboard and started a fast break the other way for the Cavaliers.
James was born and raised in Ohio and through the ceremony, following the game was visibly emotional. He has said that since he returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 he would bring them an NBA title, as it was his only goal.
Following the game, during the ceremony he simply said, “Cleveland this is for you.”
Golden State was led by Draymond Green who scored 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Stephen Curry the reigning NBA MVP did not have a strong game and was up and down all series as was his backcourt mate Klay Thompson.
Most fans did not think the series would go any more than five or six games as the Warriors were predicted to beat the Cavaliers as they did last season.
It appeared that would be the case as the Warriors won the first two games of the series and then one of two in Cleveland to take a 3-1 lead.
However, the Cavaliers behind the play of James and Irving would not break but only bend the rest of the way and in the decisive Game 7 proved they too are NBA Champions.