When LeBron James chose to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, it was all about winning a championship. With a triple-double performance in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, James delivered that title for Cleveland. It was the city’s first major sports championship since the Browns won the 1964 NFL crown. The Cavaliers topped the Golden State Warriors in Oakland 92-89. James became just the third player to record a triple-double in a Game 7. He averaged 29.7 points for the series, the most for any player since 2010. There have been only 13 NBA Finals games in which a player has recorded 20 points, 10 assists, and 10 rebounds. James now has five of those. Nobody else on the list — not Larry Bird, not Magic Johnson — has more than two. James coming up big in Game 7 is nothing new; as a player he is 4-2 all time in those games. For that work, James was named MVP of the Finals, his third time winning the award. This is also the third ring for James, following the two he won as a member of the Miami Heat. But winning one for his home state had to feel a bit more special than the others.
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