2016 NBA Finals

2016 NBA Finals

June 2, 2016 - June 19, 2016
June 2, 2016 - June 19, 2016
Oakland, Cleveland and San Francisco
Oakland, Cleveland and San Francisco
 
Golden State Warriors
Western Conference
3
4
Cleveland Cavaliers
Eastern Conference

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The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2016 playoffs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the 2015–16 season. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals, which Golden State won. 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 owned home-court advantage, 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 commanding lead. However, the Cavaliers won the next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. 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.[2][3]

For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was instituted for the Finals. In previous years, the Finals was 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 duration of the series. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6. 2016 also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.

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LeBron James
American basketball player
Stephen Curry
American basketball player
Kyrie Irving
Point guard
bornMarch 23, 1992
Melbourne
height6ft 3in
Klay Thompson
American basketball player

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MVP

LeBron Raymone James (/ləˈbrɒn/; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has started at the small forward and power forward positions. James has won two NBA championships (2012, 2013), four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), two NBA Finals MVP Awards (2012, 2013), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), an NBA scoring title (2008), and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). He has also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams, 11 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams, and is the Cavaliers' all-time leading scorer.

James played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. After graduating, he was selected with the first overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cavaliers. James led Cleveland to the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2007, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in a highly publicized ESPN special titled The Decision. James played four seasons for the Heat, reaching the Finals all four years and winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. In 2013, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak, the third longest in league history. Following his final season with the Heat, James opted out of his contract and re-joined the Cavaliers. Behind his leadership, Cleveland advanced to the Finals before losing to the Golden State Warriors.

Off the court, James has accumulated considerable wealth and fame from numerous endorsement deals. His public life has been the subject of much scrutiny, and he has been ranked as one of America's most influential and popular athletes. He has been featured in books, documentaries, and television commercials, has hosted the ESPY Awards and Saturday Night Live, and starred in the 2015 film Trainwreck.

Clutch Performer

Kyrie Andrew Irving (born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia, but grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. He played collegiately at Duke University before being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Cavaliers. Since being in the NBA, Irving has achieved a number of accolades including being the 2011–12 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 2014 NBA All-Star game MVP.[1]

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National Anthem Performers6

Top Albums by National Anthem Performers7

Top Songs by National Anthem Performers7

Oracle Arena
Oracle Arena (originally Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, formerly The Arena in Oakland and Oakland Arena and commonly Oakland Coliseum Arena) is an indoor arena located in Oakland, California. It is the home of the Golden State Warriors. It has a capacity of 19,596, making it the largest of the three NBA arenas in California by capacity, with the Staples Center in Los Angeles (the current home of both the Lakers and Clippers) second, and the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento third.
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News Articles13

NBA legend LeBron James to skip Rio 2016 Olympics: Report
Hindustan Times  –  June 24, 2016
(AFP Photo) NBA superstar LeBron James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the greatest-ever NBA Finals comeback to dethrone the Golden State Warriors, has reportedly told USA Basketball he will not play at the Rio Olympics. Cleveland.com reported on ...
NBA Finals Predictions: Who Will Win Cavs vs. Warriors Game 7?
Portal em dia  –  June 24, 2016
More people will be jumping on the bandwagon for Game 7 than any of the previous six, but don't so searching "Who will win NBA Finals?" and "NBA Finals Game 7 predictions" just yet, because you'll find all that you need right here.
2016 NBA Draft Winners and Losers: OKC makes out, Celtics underwhelm
CBS Sports  –  June 24, 2016
With that in mind, CBS Sports' Matt Moore, Ananth Pandian, Zach Harper and James Herbert did their best to put the 2016 NBA Draft in perspective ... This team that almost made the NBA Finals just got a lot better. -- Harper With potentially talented ...
Damian Jones to Warriors: Twitter Reacts as C Is Selected in 2016 NBA Draft
Bleacher Report  –  June 24, 2016
The Golden State Warriors are just days removed from losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, but they turned the page Thursday ... Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) June 24, 2016 Once Commissioner Adam Silver made the pick official at ...
Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Steve Kerr Comment Following 2016 NBA Finals Loss
Media Juss  –  June 24, 2016
Puddles of the bubbly covered the floor. The most efficient player on the floor for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their monumental 93-89 Game 7 NBA Finals win over the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Sunday night wasn't LeBron James. No team had ...
5 facts about the 2016 NBA Finals
News in Film  –  June 23, 2016
Curry and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr have each been fined $25,000 (£17,450) for their respective outbursts in Game Six in Cleveland. The father of his wife, Ayesha, was detained by security at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night while Curry ...
Karma prevails in the 2016 NBA Finals
Examiner  –  June 23, 2016
As the tears, cheers, and popped champagne bottles settles, we can now look back at what we just experienced during the 2016 NBA playoffs and finals. Everyone pretty much saw the same thing one can assume, the Golden State Warriors up 3-1, only to let the ...
2016 NBA Finals shatter records on viewers, social media, sales
interaksyon.com  –  June 22, 2016
Not only did LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers make the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to dethrone the Golden State Warriors, they broke viewership, social media and souvenir sales records as well. The NBA announced Tuesday that the epic ...
NBA Finals 2016: What was the most memorable moment of series? (video)
Cleveland Plain Dealer  –  June 21, 2016
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The memories from the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals win against the Golden State Warriors won't soon fade. And there are many. LeBron James' block against Andre Iguodala in the final two minutes, one that might've saved the Cavaliers ...
Five things we learned during 2016 NBA Finals
NBA  –  June 21, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — Five things we learned from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors in their 2016 Finals clash across seven games and 17 days: You're rarely going to get 100 percent clearance on anything. The NBA would have to hand select ...
The Biggest Bargain Performances In The 2016 NBA Finals
Forbes  –  June 20, 2016
When the final buzzer sounded on the 2016 NBA Finals there was no doubt who had earned MVP honors. Considering he led all players in the finals in points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks (including the crucial swat of Andre Iguodala in the final ...
NBA Odds Couple: 2016 NBA Finals Recap
SportsBook Review  –  June 20, 2016
The Cleveland Cavaliers cashed as a big ML underdog in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, which completed their amazing comeback from down 3 games to 1. Their series tickets cashed as well, which were also big ML bets at the start of the series. SBR Videos ...
Top eight takeaways from the 2016 NBA Finals
Yardbarker  –  June 20, 2016
The Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions following a dramatic Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. This series had a little bit of everything. Trash-talking off the court, spats on the court, six blowouts in the first six games.

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