The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015—16 year and conclusion of the 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4—3 in a rematch of their 2015 NBA Finals. This was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals ever, and also the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in every conference met. It was the second right rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which made home-court advantage with establishing the NBA regular season wins record (73—9), jumped into a two —0 lead in the string whilst documenting the biggest combined margin of success (48) through two matches in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and reacted using a 120—90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3—1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the following 3 matches to become the first team in Finals history to successfully defeat a 3—1 shortage. It also marked the first time since 1978 the Game 7 was obtained by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format has been assessed for the Finals. In previous years, the Finals were played at a Thursday—Sunday—Tuesday scheme. However, the league changed its scheduling to make sure an extra day off for the two groups, which have to travel from 1 city to another throughout the collection. This, along with the designated travel day, happened after Games 2, 5, 4, and 6.
The triumph by the Cavaliers has been the first major professional sports championship won by a team located in Cleveland since 1964, along with the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into the historic recovery. James had a historically great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players in a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks

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