The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA championship, winning an incredibly tense Game 7 over the Golden State Warriors by a score of 93–89; the game involved 21 lead changes.* LeBron James—who had a triple-double with 27 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds—chased down Andre Iguodala for a spectacular fast-break block with the score tied in the game’s waning minutes; Kyrie Irving hit a stepback 3 with less than a minute left to give the Cavs the lead. League MVP Stephen Curry missed three 3-pointers on the Warriors’ final possessions, one after a display of tremendous one-on-one defense by beleaguered Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. The Warriors did not score for the last 4:39 of game time. Here’s LeBron’s block, which will now be known in Ohio as the Block:
Here’s Irving’s shot (the Shot):
It’s the first major-sport professional title for a Cleveland team in 52 years. The Cavaliers are the first NBA team to win a finals series after trailing 3–1.
POTUS knew what was up:
LeBron did it. He really did it.
After the game:
Go crazy, Cleveland. The Cavaliers are NBA champs.
*Correction, June 19, 2016, 11:35 p.m.: This post originally misstated the number of lead changes as 21 rather than 20.