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All hail the king: NBA, LeBron James and the 2016 Finals

After a long 82-game season, it all comes down to this. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will meet in the NBA Finals for a second straight year, marking the first time that has happened since the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers squared off in 2008 and 2009. It’s also the 13th time in 15 years that at least one of these teams has made it to the final round.

For just about anyone over the age of 30, this is familiar territory. For nearly two decades, we were spoiled by seeing Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson battle it out on the grandest stage of all. For those who don’t remember, Jordan won six championships (1991-93, 1996-98), while Bird and Johnson each took home three (1980-86).

What we are seeing today from James and Steph Curry is reminiscent of what we saw from Jordan and Johnson during their primes. They have been battling for MVP awards for years now, with James winning four times (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and Curry winning twice (2015, 2016). Along with Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, they have taken turns being crowned as the best player in

All hail the king.

The NBA hasn’t seen a Finals performance like LeBron James’ since, well, last year.

With the entire basketball world watching, James put together back-to-back vintage performances in Games 5 and 6 of the 2016 Finals. He followed up his 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists in Game 5 with a triple-double (27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) in Game 6 to help the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 series deficit to claim the first title in franchise history.

Now that we have officially crowned the Cavs as champions and begun transitioning into the offseason, it’s time to determine where James’ 2016 Finals performance ranks among all of his other postseason efforts. For this exercise, I’ll be using my own totally subjective criteria, which takes every individual game into account but also considers team success (what good is having another superhuman performance if you lose?).

The 2016 NBA Finals are finally complete and it was a truly magical series. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 4-3 after Cleveland forced a Game 7 with a late comeback in Oracle Arena.

It was the first time in NBA history that two teams have met in the Finals three years in a row and what an honor it is to be able to watch greatness on such a consistent basis. This series had everything from unbelievable game winners, historic performances, great games and blowouts.

I’m going to try recap this series as best I can but if you haven’t watched it, you really need to go back and watch it because there are so many moments that need your attention.

The NBA Finals are here at last. The matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight season has been anticipated for a year, since Andre Iguodala’s Finals MVP performance helped the Warriors complete a comeback from 3-1 down to win a championship that seemed destined to belong to LeBron James and the Cavs.

It was perhaps the most dramatic series in NBA Finals history, an outcome so unexpected it even inspired its own holiday in Oakland. But this time, the Cavs have home-court advantage, and a healthy Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The Warriors will be without their top scorer in Stephen Curry and his “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson is battling injuries of his own. Can James lead his team to their first title? Or will Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and the rest of Golden State finish off what they started last June?

We’ll be following every game from pregame through postgame, hosting live chats during each contest, with Dan Devine and Rob Mahoney providing expert analysis, insights and takeaways throughout the series.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions. After a dazzling performance in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James and Co. defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors 93-89 to earn Cleveland its first title in 52 years. It’s the Cavs’ first trip to the mountaintop and only the fifth Finals appearance in franchise history.

The Warriors were going for their second straight title and third championship in four years. They led the series 3-1, but fell apart in Games 5-7, losing three straight games for the first time since November 2013. It was a historic collapse from a team that won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games this season.

In a rematch of last year’s Finals, James once again outplayed reigning MVP Stephen Curry throughout the series, averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game en route to his third Finals MVP award (2012 with Miami Heat; 2016 with Cavs). The 31-year-old joins Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to win three or more Finals MVP awards.

James has been to six straight Finals (2011 with Miami; 2012-13; 2015-16 with Cleveland) and seven overall (2007 with Cleveland). His

It’s been a year since LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On July 11, 2014, James said he was coming back to Cleveland in an essay on titled “I’m Coming Home.”

In the piece, James detailed his decision and how it felt to play in Miami while being from Ohio. He also wrote about what it would mean to bring Cleveland a championship:

When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio.

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