The Cleveland Cavaliers completed one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history, defeating the Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in the deciding Game 7 of the 2016 Finals to win their first-ever championship on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

It marked the first time that a franchise from the city of Cleveland has won a major sports championship since 1964, when the Browns won the NFL championship.

Last Friday, Cleveland became just the third team in NBA history to force a Game 7 by beating the Warriors, 115-101, in Game 6 behind another sensational performance in LeBron James.



Down 1-3 in the best-of-seven series, the Cavaliers won three consecutive games – including two on Golden State’s home court – to become the first team in NBA history to recover from such a deficit.

Third time thus proved to be the charm for Cleveland, which made the NBA Finals in 2007 and in 2015, only to lose both times. In 2007, they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs, while last year, they lost to the Warriors in six games.

James, who returned to Cleveland in 2014 after spending four seasons in Miami, fulfilled the goal he set for himself when he came home – to finally bring a title to the championship-starved city.