The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 year and conclusion of this 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of their 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals ever, and the first Finals since 2008 where the number one seed in every conference fulfilled. This was the second straight rematch in back-to-back decades, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which made home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a two –0 lead to the series while recording the largest combined margin of success (48) through two matches 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 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the following 3 matches to become the first team in Finals history to successfully defeat a 3–1 deficit. Additionally, it marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format has been instituted for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — in previous years, the Finals were played at a Thursday — Sunday. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to make sure an extra day off for both groups, which have to travel from 1 town to another throughout the collection. This, along with the designated travel day, happened after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The triumph from the Cavaliers has been the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and also the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into the historic comeback. James had a historically great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players in a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks
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