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Thanks to a late three-pointer from point guard Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA Champions!
Despite being down, 2-0 and 3-1, in the best-of-seven series against the reigning league champion Golden State Warriors, the Cavaliers fought their way to three straight wins, including a 93-89 championship-clinching win in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, Sunday night.
It is the Cavaliers’ first-ever NBA Championship and the first major sports title for the city of Cleveland since the Browns took home the NFL Championship with an upset win over the Baltimore Colts in December of 1964.
By beating Golden State Sunday night, the Cavaliers became the first team to ever overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals and win the championship.
Irving scored 26 points and pulled down six rebounds to go along with a blocked shot and steal in 43 minutes of play in the series-clinching win. Irving buried 10 of his 23 attempts from the field, including two of his five three-pointers, and all four of his free throws in the winning effort.
In addition to Irving, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James scored a team-leading 27 points, including a late free throw to ice the clinching win, handed out 10 assists, pulled down 11 rebounds, stole two passes and blocked three.
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