2016 NBA Finals
2016 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue 4
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 3
Dates June 2-19
MVP LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers)
Television United States:
English: ABC and ESPN3
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
Canada: (all ABC simulcasts)
TSN (Games 1, 2, 5, 7)
Sportsnet (Games 3, 4, 6)[1]
Announcers ABC:
ESPN Deportes:
Radio network ESPN Radio (National)
Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network (Cleveland)
Golden State Warriors Radio Network (Golden State Warriors
Announcers Kevin Calabro and Hubie Brown (ESPN Radio)
John Michael and Jim Chones (Cleveland)
Tim Roye, Jim Barnett and Tom Tolbert (Golden State)
Referees
Game 1: Ken Mauer, Marc Davis, Ed Malloy
Game 2: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, James Capers
Game 3: Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford, Zach Zarba
Game 4: Danny Crawford, Mike Callahan, Jason Phillips
Game 5: Monty McCutchen, Marc Davis, Derrick Stafford
Game 6: Scott Foster, Ken Mauer, Jason Phillips
Game 7 Danny Crawford, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen
Eastern Finals Cavaliers defeated Raptors, 4-2
Western Finals Warriors defeated Thunder, 4-3

The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015-16 season and conclusion of the 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4-3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.

Golden State, which earned home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73-9), jumped to a 2-0 lead in the series while recording the largest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and responded with a 120-90 win in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3-1 deficit . It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.

The win by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historic comeback.[2][3]

For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was instituted for the Finals. In previous years, the Finals were played in a Thursday-Sunday-Tuesday scheme. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both teams, which have to travel from one city to another during the series. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.

Background

Cleveland Cavaliers

This was Cleveland's second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, and third overall, seeking to win their first ever NBA championship. This would also be the sixth consecutive NBA Finals appearance for LeBron James, the most for any player not part of the 1960s Boston Celtics, and the fifth for James Jones (who technically qualified for the 2011 NBA Finals along with James, but did not play).[4]

Despite holding the best record in the Eastern Conference at 30-11 midway through the season on January 22, 2016, the Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt.[5] Associate head coach Tyronn Lue was then promoted to replace Blatt. General Manager David Griffin cited "a lack of fit with our personnel and our vision" as the reason for Blatt's firing.[6]

Cleveland finished the regular season with a 57-25 record, capturing the Central Division title and the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. They then advanced to the Finals after sweeping both the Detroit Pistons in the first round and the Atlanta Hawks in the second round, and defeating the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. The Cavaliers were the first team in history to go to two consecutive NBA Finals with rookie head coaches.

Golden State Warriors

This was the defending NBA Champions Golden State Warriors' second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals and eighth overall. The Warriors broke the record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls by finishing the regular season with a 73-9 record.[7] In addition, the Warriors broke numerous other NBA records, including most road wins (34), best start to a season (24-0) and longest regular-season home win streak (54 dating back to the 2014-15 season). They also became the first team to make over 1,000 three-pointers in the regular-season with 1,077, eclipsing the previous record of 933 set by the 2014-15 Houston Rockets.[8]

The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry, who was named the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second straight season. The Splash Brothers twosome of Curry and Klay Thompson were the highest scoring duo in the league, combining to average 52.2 points per game.[9] Head coach Steve Kerr missed the first 43 regular season games because of a back injury. Assistant coach Luke Walton served as interim head coach during Kerr's absence and he led the Warriors to a 39-4 start.[10]

In the playoffs, the Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets in the first round and the Portland Trail Blazers in the conference semifinals in five games each. In Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 96-88, becoming only the 10th team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, and advancing to a second straight NBA Finals for the first time since 1947 and 1948.[11]

Road to the Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers (Eastern Conference Champion) Golden State Warriors (Western Conference Champion)
Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c - Cleveland Cavaliers * 57 25 .695 - 82
2 y - Toronto Raptors * 56 26 .683 1.0 82
3 y - Miami Heat * 48 34 .585 9.0 82
4 x - Atlanta Hawks 48 34 .585 9.0 82
5 x - Boston Celtics 48 34 .585 9.0 82
6 x - Charlotte Hornets 48 34 .585 9.0 82
7 x - Indiana Pacers 45 37 .549 12.0 82
8 x - Detroit Pistons 44 38 .537 13.0 82
9 Chicago Bulls 42 40 .512 15.0 82
10 Washington Wizards 41 41 .500 16.0 82
11 Orlando Magic 35 47 .427 22.0 82
12 Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 25.0 82
14 Brooklyn Nets 21 61 .256 36.0 82
15 Philadelphia 76ers 10 72 .122 47.0 82
1st seed in the East, 3rd best league record
Regular season
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z - Golden State Warriors * 73 9 .890 - 82
2 y - San Antonio Spurs * 67 15 .817 6.0 82
3 y - Oklahoma City Thunder * 55 27 .671 18.0 82
4 x - Los Angeles Clippers 53 29 .646 20.0 82
5 x - Portland Trail Blazers 44 38 .537 29.0 82
6 x - Dallas Mavericks 42 40 .512 31.0 82
7 x - Memphis Grizzlies 42 40 .512 31.0 82
8 x - Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 32.0 82
9 Utah Jazz 40 42 .488 33.0 82
10 Sacramento Kings 33 49 .402 40.0 82
11 Denver Nuggets 33 49 .402 40.0 82
12 New Orleans Pelicans 30 52 .366 43.0 82
13 Minnesota Timberwolves 29 53 .354 44.0 82
14 Phoenix Suns 23 59 .280 50.0 82
15 Los Angeles Lakers 17 65 .207 56.0 82
1st seed in the West, best league record
Defeated the 8th seeded Detroit Pistons, 4-0 First round Defeated the 8th seeded Houston Rockets, 4-1
Defeated the 4th seeded Atlanta Hawks, 4-0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the 5th seeded Portland Trail Blazers, 4-1
Defeated the 2nd seeded Toronto Raptors, 4-2 Conference Finals Defeated the 3rd seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, 4-3

Regular season series

The Warriors won the regular season series 2-0.

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 Thursday, June 2 Golden State Warriors 104-89 (1-0) Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 2 Sunday, June 5 Golden State Warriors 110-77 (2-0) Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 3 Wednesday, June 8 Cleveland Cavaliers 120-90 (1-2) Golden State Warriors
Game 4 Friday, June 10 Cleveland Cavaliers 97-108 (1-3) Golden State Warriors
Game 5 Monday, June 13 Golden State Warriors 97-112 (3-2) Cleveland Cavaliers
Game 6 Thursday, June 16 Cleveland Cavaliers 115-101 (3-3) Golden State Warriors
Game 7 Sunday, June 19 Golden State Warriors 89-93 (3-4) Cleveland Cavaliers

Game summaries

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4) (in Cleveland)

Game 1

The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 104-89 in Game 1 to take a 1-0 series lead. The Cavaliers led 68-67 before the Warriors broke the game open with a 29-8 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to take a 96-76 lead. Cleveland got the deficit within eleven points at 98-87 after an 11-2 run, but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson nailed back-to-back three-pointers to essentially seal the victory for Golden State. While Curry and Thompson had a rough night combining for 20 points, the Warriors got a lift from its bench, outscoring the Cavaliers' bench 45-10.[12]Shaun Livingston scored his playoff-career high 20 points to lead Golden State, while Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 26 points. LeBron James fell one assist shy of a triple-double (23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists).[13]

June 2 Cleveland Cavaliers 89-104
(Series: 0-1)
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, Oakland, California  
9:00 PM Scoring by quarter: 24-28, 19-24, 25-22, 21-30
ABC Pts: Kyrie Irving 26
Rebs: Kevin Love 13
Asts: LeBron James 9
Boxscore Pts: Shaun Livingston 20
Rebs: Draymond Green 11
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Ken Mauer, Marc Davis, Ed Malloy


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 Kyrie Irving 26 3 4
SG 5 J.R. Smith 3 1 1
SF 23 LeBron James 23 12 9
PF 0 Kevin Love 17 13 2
C 13 Tristan Thompson 10 12 0
Reserves:
F/C 9 Channing Frye 2 1 0
F 24 Richard Jefferson 3 2 0
C 20 Timofey Mozgov 0 2 0
G 8 Matthew Dellavedova 2 0 1
G 52 Mo Williams 0 0 0
G 4 Iman Shumpert 3 1 0
G/F 30 Dahntay Jones 0 0 0
G/F 1 James Jones 0 0 0
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue
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Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 11 5 6
SG 11 Klay Thompson 9 5 2
SF 40 Harrison Barnes 13 1 2
PF 23 Draymond Green 16 11 7
C 12 Andrew Bogut 10 3 2
Reserves:
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 12 7 6
G 34 Shaun Livingston 20 4 3
G 19 Leandro Barbosa 11 1 0
G/F 4 Brandon Rush 0 0 0
G 21 Ian Clark 0 0 0
C 31 Festus Ezeli 2 3 0
C 18 Anderson Varejão 0 1 1
F/C 5 Marreese Speights 0 1 1
Head coach:
Steve Kerr

Game 2

The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-77 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. Cleveland took a 28-22 lead about two minutes into the second quarter, but Golden State answered with a 20-2 run while outscoring the Cavs 30-16 the rest of the period. During the run, the Cavaliers' Kevin Love suffered a head injury while attempting to grab a defensive rebound. Love stayed throughout the remainder of the period but did not play the second half.[14] The Warriors continued to dominate Cleveland from there, outscoring the Cavaliers 58-33 in the final two quarters. Draymond Green led all scorers with 28 points, including 5 of 8 from three-point range. Curry and Klay Thompson added 18 and 17 points, respectively, while drilling four threes each.[15]

With their victory, the Warriors posted the highest winning margin in the first two Finals games with a 48-point differential.[16] James led the Cavs with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists, but he committed 7 turnovers. James added 4 steals while surpassing John Stockton for fourth on the all-time playoff steals list.[17]

June 5 Cleveland Cavaliers 77-110
(Series: 0-2)
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, Oakland, California  
8:00 PM Scoring by quarter: 21-19, 23-33, 18-30, 15-28
ABC Pts: LeBron James 19
Rebs: LeBron James 8
Asts: LeBron James 9
Boxscore Pts: Draymond Green 28
Rebs: Stephen Curry 9
Asts: Green, Livingston, Thompson 5 each
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, James Capers


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 Kyrie Irving 10 3 1
SG 5 J.R. Smith 5 2 2
SF 23 LeBron James 19 8 9
PF 0 Kevin Love 5 3 0
C 13 Tristan Thompson 8 5 0
Reserves:
F/C 9 Channing Frye 0 1 0
F 24 Richard Jefferson 12 5 0
C 20 Timofey Mozgov 5 3 0
G 8 Matthew Dellavedova 7 1 2
G 52 Mo Williams 0 0 1
G 4 Iman Shumpert 3 1 0
G/F 30 Dahntay Jones 3 0 0
G/F 1 James Jones 0 2 0
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue
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Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 18 9 4
SG 11 Klay Thompson 17 5 1
SF 40 Harrison Barnes 5 5 1
PF 23 Draymond Green 28 7 5
C 12 Andrew Bogut 2 6 0
Reserves:
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 7 5 3
G 34 Shaun Livingston 7 2 5
G 19 Leandro Barbosa 10 3 1
G/F 4 Brandon Rush 0 3 1
G 21 Ian Clark 7 3 1
C 31 Festus Ezeli 6 2 1
F/C 5 Marreese Speights 3 0 0
C 18 Anderson Varejão DNP
Head coach:
Steve Kerr

Game 3

The Cavaliers avenged their lopsided defeat to Golden State by routing the Warriors 120-90 in Game 3 to trail the series 2-1. The Cavaliers scored the game's first nine points en route to outscoring the Warriors 33-16 after one quarter. Golden State rallied to trim Cleveland's lead as low as seven points on a couple of occasions before the Cavs settled for a 51-43 halftime lead.[18] In the second half, Cleveland continued to extend their lead and outscored Golden State 69-47.[19] Love did not play due to a concussion.[20] James led all scorers with 32 points. Irving added 30 points for the Cavs. Curry led the Warriors with 19 points, while drilling four threes. Harrison Barnes also contributed 18 points in 33 minutes of play.[21]

June 8 Golden State Warriors 90-120
(Series: 2-1)
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio  
9:00 PM Scoring by quarter: 16-33, 27-18, 26-38, 21-31
ABC Pts: Stephen Curry 19
Rebs: Harrison Barnes 8
Asts: Draymond Green 7
Boxscore Pts: LeBron James 32
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 13
Asts: Kyrie Irving 8
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford, Zach Zarba


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 19 3 4
SG 11 Klay Thompson 10 2 1
SF 40 Harrison Barnes 18 8 3
PF 23 Draymond Green 6 7 7
C 12 Andrew Bogut 4 2 0
Reserves:
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 11 2 0
G 34 Shaun Livingston 5 6 3
G 19 Leandro Barbosa 8 0 2
G/F 4 Brandon Rush 0 1 0
G 21 Ian Clark 3 0 0
C 31 Festus Ezeli 0 0 0
F/C 5 Marreese Speights 5 1 0
C 18 Anderson Varejão 1 2 2
Head coach:
Steve Kerr
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Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 Kyrie Irving 30 4 8
SG 5 J.R. Smith 20 4 1
SF 23 LeBron James 32 11 6
PF 24 Richard Jefferson 9 8 2
C 13 Tristan Thompson 14 13 2
Reserves:
F/C 9 Channing Frye 0 0 0
C 20 Timofey Mozgov 2 2 0
G 8 Matthew Dellavedova 2 1 1
G 52 Mo Williams 3 2 0
G 4 Iman Shumpert 3 5 1
G/F 30 Dahntay Jones 0 1 0
G/F 1 James Jones 0 0 2
G 12 Jordan McRae 4 1 0
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue

Game 4

The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-97 in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead. After averaging just 16 points in the first three games of the series, Curry scored 38 and was 7 of 13 on three-pointers.[22] The Warriors made 17 three-pointers, then an NBA record for a single Finals game.[23] They made only 16 two-point field goals, the first time in Finals history a team made more shots from three-point range.[24] Klay Thompson added 25 points and four three-pointers for Golden State.[23] It was the Warriors' 88th win of the season, which broke the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 87 for most wins in an NBA season (regular-season and postseason combined).[25][26]

Green and James had to be separated in the closing minutes of the game, when Green fell to the ground and James stepped over him.[27] Feeling disrespected, Green swung his arm and appeared to make contact with James' groin.[28]

June 10 Golden State Warriors 108-97
(Series: 3-1)
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio  
9:00 PM Scoring by quarter: 29-28, 21-27, 29-22, 29-20
ABC Pts: Stephen Curry 38
Rebs: Draymond Green 12
Asts: Andre Iguodala 7
Boxscore Pts: Kyrie Irving 34
Rebs: LeBron James 13
Asts: LeBron James 9
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Danny Crawford, Mike Callahan, Jason Phillips


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 38 6 7
SG 11 Klay Thompson 25 4 1
SF 40 Harrison Barnes 14 8 2
PF 23 Draymond Green 9 12 4
C 12 Andrew Bogut 0 1 1
Reserves:
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 10 6 7
G 34 Shaun Livingston 8 3 1
C 31 Festus Ezeli 0 0 0
F/C 5 Marreese Speights 0 0 0
C 18 Anderson Varejão 2 3 0
G 19 Leandro Barbosa DNP
G 21 Ian Clark DNP
Head coach:
Steve Kerr
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Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 Kyrie Irving 34 4 4
SG 5 J.R. Smith 10 2 1
SF 23 LeBron James 25 13 9
PF 24 Richard Jefferson 3 6 0
C 13 Tristan Thompson 10 7 0
Reserves:
F 0 Kevin Love 11 5 0
F/C 9 Channing Frye 0 1 0
G 8 Matthew Dellavedova 2 1 1
G 4 Iman Shumpert 2 1 0
G/F 30 Dahntay Jones 0 0 0
G/F 1 James Jones DNP
C 20 Timofey Mozgov DNP
G 52 Mo Williams DNP
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue

Game 5

The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 112-97 in Game 5 to trail the series 3-2. James and Irving each scored 41 points to become the first teammates in Finals history to score 40 or more in the same game. James also added 16 rebounds.[29] After Game 4, Green was assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 for his contact with James that was ruled "unnecessary" and "retaliatory", and James was given a technical foul for taunting.[29][30] Having accumulated his fourth flagrant foul point in the playoffs, Green was suspended for Game 5,[30] becoming the first player to be suspended from playing in a Finals game since Jerry Stackhouse in 2006.[31] Green watched the game from a luxury box in the nearby Oakland Alameda Coliseum, where the Oakland Athletics were also playing a game at the same time, hosting the Texas Rangers.[32][33][34]

Warriors center Andrew Bogut suffered a season-ending injury to his left knee in the second half when he jumped to block a layup attempt by Cavs guard J. R. Smith and came down awkwardly on Smith.[35]

June 13 Cleveland Cavaliers 112-97
(Series: 2-3)
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, Oakland, California  
9:00 PM Scoring by quarter: 29-32, 32-29, 32-23, 19-13
ABC Pts: Irving, James 41 each
Rebs: LeBron James 16
Asts: LeBron James 7
Boxscore Pts: Klay Thompson 37
Rebs: Andre Iguodala 11
Asts: Andre Iguodala 6
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Marc Davis and Derrick Stafford


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 Kyrie Irving 41 3 6
SG 5 J.R. Smith 10 2 1
SF 23 LeBron James 41 16 7
PF 0 Kevin Love 2 3 1
C 13 Tristan Thompson 6 15 0
Reserves:
F 24 Richard Jefferson 8 1 0
C 20 Timofey Mozgov 0 0 0
G 8 Matthew Dellavedova 0 0 0
G 52 Mo Williams 0 0 0
G 4 Iman Shumpert 4 1 0
G/F 30 Dahntay Jones 0 0 0
G/F 1 James Jones 0 0 0
F/C 9 Channing Frye DNP
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue
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Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 25 7 4
SG 11 Klay Thompson 37 3 3
SF 40 Harrison Barnes 5 5 1
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 15 11 6
C 12 Andrew Bogut  Injured 0 3 0
Reserves:
G 34 Shaun Livingston 7 4 3
G 19 Leandro Barbosa 3 0 0
F 20 James Michael McAdoo 0 2 0
G/F 4 Brandon Rush 0 1 0
C 31 Festus Ezeli 2 3 0
F/C 5 Marreese Speights 0 3 2
C 18 Anderson Varejão 3 1 1
PF 23 Draymond Green DNP
Head coach:
Steve Kerr

Game 6

LeBron James charging at Stephen Curry during game six.

The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 115-101 in Game 6 to even the series 3-3. The Cavaliers scored the game's first eight points en route to outscoring the Warriors 31-11 after one quarter. Golden State rallied to trim Cleveland's lead as low as eight points on a couple of occasions before the Cavs settled for a 59-43 halftime lead. In the second half, Cleveland continued to extend their lead and tied the series.[36] LeBron James led all scorers with 41 points with 11 assists. Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, while Tristan Thompson had 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 30 points, while drilling six threes. Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors. Back from suspension, Green was held to eight points on 3-7 shooting.[37][38]

James scored 18 straight points for Cleveland from the end of the third quarter to the 7:00 mark of the fourth. Late in the game with the Cavaliers up by 13, he blocked a Curry shot from behind, and afterward had some words for him.[39] With 4:22 left, Curry received his sixth foul and fouled out of the game. He then threw his mouthpiece into the stands in frustration, resulting in a technical foul and his ejection from the game.[40] Curry was the first MVP to foul out of an NBA Finals game since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.[41] The Cavaliers became the third team to fall behind 3-1 and force Game 7 (and the first in 50 years). James was the first player to have consecutive 40-point games in the finals since, coincidentally, Shaquille O'Neal in the 2000 Finals.[36] Following the game, Curry and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr were fined $25,000 each for their actions and public officiating criticism.[42]

June 16 Golden State Warriors 101-115
(Series: 3-3)
Cleveland Cavaliers Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio  
9:00 PM Scoring by quarter: 11-31, 32-28, 28-21, 30-35
ABC Pts: Stephen Curry 30
Rebs: Draymond Green 10
Asts: Draymond Green 6
Boxscore Pts: LeBron James 41
Rebs: Tristan Thompson 16
Asts: LeBron James 11
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Scott Foster, Ken Mauer and Jason Phillips


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 30 2 1
SG 11 Klay Thompson 25 3 1
SF 40 Harrison Barnes 0 2 0
PF 9 Andre Iguodala 5 4 3
C 23 Draymond Green 8 10 6
Reserves:
G 34 Shaun Livingston 3 4 3
C 31 Festus Ezeli 4 4 1
F/C 5 Marreese Speights 6 1 0
C 18 Anderson Varejão 0 1 1
G 19 Leandro Barbosa 14 2 2
G 21 Ian Clark 3 0 1
F/C 20 James Michael McAdoo 2 1 0
G 4 Brandon Rush 1 1 0
Head coach:
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Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 Kyrie Irving 23 4 3
SG 5 J.R. Smith 14 4 3
SF 23 LeBron James 41 8 11
PF 0 Kevin Love 7 3 2
C 13 Tristan Thompson 15 16 3
Reserves:
PF 24 Richard Jefferson 3 6 1
G 8 Matthew Dellavedova 3 0 1
G 4 Iman Shumpert 0 1 0
G/F 30 Dahntay Jones 5 1 0
G/F 1 James Jones 0 0 0
C 20 Timofey Mozgov 0 1 0
G 52 Mo Williams 4 1 1
F/C 9 Channing Frye DNP
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue

Game 7

This season's Finals marked the first time in NBA history in which both teams entered game 7 after accumulating exactly the same total points scored after game 6 (610 points each). The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 to win the series 4-3. Game 7 was a close game, with 20 lead changes and 11 ties. This was the only game in the entire series to have a final margin of fewer than 10 points. At halftime, the Warriors were ahead 49-42. In the second half, the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors 51-40 as the Warriors failed to score a basket during the last 4:39 of the game. In the closing minutes of the 4th quarter LeBron James delivered what became known as "The Block" on a layup attempt by Andre Iguodala with the score tied at 89 and 01:50 remaining in the game. Kyrie Irving made a go-ahead 3-point field goal over the NBA's first unanimous regular season MVP Stephen Curry to give Cleveland a 92-89 lead with 0:53 remaining in the game.[43] Before Kyrie Irving's 3-point field goal both teams were tied at 699 points scored apiece in this series. Immediately after Irving's three, Golden State brought the ball up-court, opting not to call a timeout, and although Golden State got a preferred switch and matchup of Curry on Kevin Love, Love made arguably "the biggest defensive stop of the entire NBA season", and forced Curry into a contested 3-pointer, which he missed.[44][45] After LeBron hurt his right wrist being fouled on a dunk attempt, he nearly clinched the title for the Cavaliers by making one of two free throws, bringing the clock down to 10.6 seconds left. After the Cavaliers fouled Draymond Green with 6.5 seconds remaining, Stephen Curry received the inbounds pass, pump faked and shot a three pointer over Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. The attempt missed, and was rebounded by Marreese Speights of the Warriors who attempted a three pointer as time expired and missed. Love immediately hugged the Finals MVP LeBron James.[46] Draymond Green led all scorers with 32 points, including 6 of 8 from three-point range to go along with 15 rebounds and 9 assists. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson added 17 and 14 points, respectively. LeBron James led all Cavaliers with 27 points and became only the 3rd player ever in NBA history to record a triple double in an NBA Finals Game 7 by adding 11 assists and 11 rebounds.[47] Kyrie Irving added 26 points for Cleveland.[48][49]

The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the NBA Finals.[50][51] They became the first NBA Champion to clinch all their playoff series on the road since the 1999 San Antonio Spurs, as well as the first road team to win a Finals Game 7 since the 1978 Washington Bullets. The Cavaliers won their first championship in franchise history, ending a nearly 52-year pro sports championship drought for the city of Cleveland. LeBron James was named the unanimous Finals MVP, becoming the only the fifth player in NBA history to earn the award at least thrice.[52][53] He also was the overall leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks during the series, a feat that had never before been accomplished in any NBA playoff series.[54] Tyronn Lue became the 14th coach to win an NBA championship as a head coach and player.[55] After 13 years, James had finally brought a championship to the city of Cleveland.[56][57]

On July 13, 2016, Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals received the 2016 ESPY award for Best Game. This loss led the Warriors to pursue Kevin Durant when he became a free agent that summer signing him on July 4.

June 19 Cleveland Cavaliers 93-89
(Series: 4-3)
Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, Oakland, California  
8:00 PM Scoring by quarter: 23-22, 19-27, 33-27, 18-13
ABC Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: Kevin Love 14
Asts: LeBron James 11
Boxscore Pts: Draymond Green 32
Rebs: Draymond Green 15
Asts: Draymond Green 9
Attendance: 19,596
Referees: Danny Crawford, Mike Callahan, Monty McCutchen


Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 2 Kyrie Irving 26 6 1
SG 5 J.R. Smith 12 4 2
SF 23 LeBron James 27 11 11
PF 0 Kevin Love 9 14 3
C 13 Tristan Thompson 9 3 0
Reserves:
F 24 Richard Jefferson 2 9 0
G 52 Mo Williams 2 0 0
G 4 Iman Shumpert 6 1 0
G/F 30 Dahntay Jones DNP
G/F 1 James Jones DNP
F/C 9 Channing Frye DNP
C 20 Timofey Mozgov DNP
G 8 Matthew Dellavedova DNP
Head coach:
Tyronn Lue
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Starters: Pts Reb Ast
PG 30 Stephen Curry 17 5 2
SG 11 Klay Thompson 14 2 2
SF 40 Harrison Barnes 10 2 1
PF 23 Draymond Green 32 15 9
C 31 Festus Ezeli 0 1 1
Reserves:
G/F 9 Andre Iguodala 4 9 4
G 34 Shaun Livingston 8 1 2
G 19 Leandro Barbosa 3 0 0
F/C 5 Marreese Speights 0 4 0
C 18 Anderson Varejão 1 0 1
F 20 James Michael McAdoo DNP
G/F 4 Brandon Rush DNP
G 21 Ian Clark DNP
Head coach:
Steve Kerr

Rosters

Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors

Player statistics

Cleveland Cavaliers
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Dellavedova, MatthewMatthew Dellavedova 6 0 7.6 .263 .167 .833 0.5 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.7
Frye, ChanningChanning Frye 4 0 8.3 .000 .000 1.000 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving 7 7 39.0 .468 .405 .939 3.9 3.9 2.1 0.7 27.1
James, LeBronLeBron James 7 7 41.7 .494 .371 .721 11.3 8.9 2.6 2.3 29.7
Jefferson, RichardRichard Jefferson 7 2 24.0 .516 .167 .636 5.3 0.4 1.3 0.1 5.7
Jones, DahntayDahntay Jones 6 0 3.0 .500 .000 .800 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.3
Jones, JamesJames Jones 5 0 4.0 .000 .000 .250 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.2
Love, KevinKevin Love 6 5 26.3 .362 .263 .706 6.8 1.3 0.7 0.3 8.5
McRae, JordanJordan McRae 1 0 3.0 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 4.0
Mozgov, TimofeyTimofey Mozgov 5 0 5.0 .333 .000 .750 1.6 0.0 0.6 0.2 1.4
Shumpert, ImanIman Shumpert 7 0 18.3 .304 .267 1.000 1.6 0.1 0.1 0.3 3.0
Smith, J. R.J. R. Smith 7 7 37.3 .400 .356 .667 2.7 1.6 1.4 0.3 10.6
Thompson, TristanTristan Thompson 7 7 32.3 .636 .000 .533 10.1 0.7 0.3 0.9 10.3
Williams, MoMo Williams 6 0 4.8 .333 .200 .000 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.0 1.5
Golden State Warriors
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Barbosa, LeandroLeandro Barbosa 6 0 13.1 .643 .500 .727 1.0 0.8 0.5 0.2 8.2
Barnes, HarrisonHarrison Barnes 7 7 31.7 .352 .310 .600 4.4 1.4 0.7 0.4 9.3
Bogut, AndrewAndrew Bogut 5 5 12.0 .471 .000 .000 3.0 0.6 0.4 2.0 3.2
Clark, IanIan Clark 4 0 4.8 .625 .600 .000 0.8 0.5 0.0 0.0 3.3
Curry, StephenStephen Curry 7 7 35.1 .403 .400 .929 4.9 3.7 0.9 0.7 22.6
Ezeli, FestusFestus Ezeli 7 1 8.6 .300 .000 .500 1.9 0.4 0.1 0.1 2.0
Green, DraymondDraymond Green 6 6 40.0 .486 .406 .783 10.3 6.3 1.7 1.0 16.5
Iguodala, AndreAndre Iguodala 7 2 34.1 .466 .304 .333 6.3 4.1 0.9 0.7 9.1
Livingston, ShaunShaun Livingston 7 0 21.1 .511 .000 .857 3.4 2.9 0.3 0.3 8.3
McAdoo, James MichaelJames Michael McAdoo 3 0 6.1 1.000 .000 .000 1.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 1.3
Rush, BrandonBrandon Rush 1 0 5.5 .000 .000 .500 1.0 0.0 0.4 0.2 0.2
Speights, MarreeseMarreese Speights 7 0 4.7 .222 .400 1.000 1.3 0.3 0.1 0.3 2.0
Thompson, KlayKlay Thompson 7 7 35.3 .427 .350 .786 3.0 1.9 1.0 0.6 19.6
Varejão, AndersonAnderson Varejão 6 0 6.9 .000 .000 .500 1.3 1.0 0.2 0.0 1.2

Broadcast

In the United States, the NBA Finals aired on ABC with Mike Breen as play-by-play commentator, and Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy serving as color commentators. ESPN Radio aired it as well and had Kevin Calabro and Hubie Brown as commentators. ESPN Deportes provided exclusive Spanish-language coverage of The Finals, with a commentary team of Álvaro Martín and Carlos Morales.[58]

Television ratings

Game Ratings
(households)
American audience
(in millions)
1 11.1[59] 19.20[60]
2 9.8[61] 17.49[62]
3 9.7[63] 16.47[64]
4 9.8[65] 16.57[66]
5 11.8[67] 20.53[68]
6 11.8[69] 20.70[70]
7 15.8[71] 31.02[72]
Avg 11.4 20.28

See also

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