When LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland after four years in Miami, he wrote “what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio” in Sports Illustrated.
That’s exactly what he did Sunday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers went on the road for Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals and beat the 73-win Golden State Warriors in a dramatic back-and-forth affair, 93-89. The win gave the city of Cleveland its first big league sports title since 1964 and ended a record-breaking year for the Warriors.
James fulfilled his famous promise in all-time-great fashion with a triple-double consisting of 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. Guard Kyrie Irving drilled the biggest shot of the game, a three-pointer in the final minute, to break an 89-89 tie. He finished with 26 critical points.
In a year with numerous contenders, LeBron James emerged as the 2016 NBA Finals MVP to win the honor for the third time in his career Sunday, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in Game 7.
James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds on the night, joining Jerry West and James Worthy as the only players to notch a triple-double in Game 7 of an NBA Finals, per the NBA on ESPN.
James was dominant as he powered his team to a comeback victory in the series. Take a look at his statistics during the Finals: