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Cavs 93, Warriors 89: Jason Lloyd's 52 thoughts on LeBron James, Cleveland being a champion

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 20, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Fifty-two thoughts for 52 years…

1.     Before the start of these playoffs, James Jones came up with the idea of a puzzle. Sixteen pieces in the shape of the Larry O’Brien trophy – one for every win the Cavs needed to win a championship.

2.     After every postseason victory, a different player took a turn fitting in the next piece. When Kevin Love missed a game with a concussion, it was his piece. The players kept the puzzle quiet throughout the postseason. They waited until the NBA cameras departed and did it privately.

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Channeling disrespect, daunting deficit, history leaves Cavaliers' LeBron James emotionally spent

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 20, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif.: The burden of history was heavy, so it was no wonder that LeBron James’ tears came so quickly.

He dropped to the court, his head in his hands, and cried before the celebration began.

He wept during an embrace with Kevin Love, the first teammate he found after the Cavaliers captured Cleveland’s first championship since the 1964 Cleveland Browns.

He broke down as he cradled the trophy on the victory stand in Oracle Arena, his sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce at his side on Father’s Day.

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Cavs win first NBA championship, LeBron James named MVP in 93-89 win over Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 19, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: For Mesa and Ehlo, Sipe and Colavito; for Bernie, Belle and Byner; for the Drive, and the Dawg Pound, the Shot and the Fumble; for burning jerseys and burning rivers; for the blue collars and the rust belt…

Dance, Cleveland. Dance. After 52 years, you are a champion.

With tears in his eyes, LeBron James delivered the championship he sought when he returned to Cleveland two years ago. James’ triple-double and Kyrie Irving’s 26 points lifted the Cavaliers to a stunning 93-89 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the franchise’s first championship in their 45-year history and the city’s first title since 1964.

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Cavs 115, Warriors 101: Jason Lloyd's 25 thoughts on LeBron, mouthguards and Game 7

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 17, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-five thoughts for 25 free throws in Thursday’s 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals…

1.       There were two lasting images from this night, this night that Cleveland won’t soon forget. LeBron James swatting Steph Curry’s shot away and sneering at him; then Curry losing his mind and his mouthguard after his sixth foul.

2.       Curry turned his mouthguard into a Danny Salazar fastball – right into the shoulder of Andrew Forbes, the son of Cavaliers minority owner Nate Forbes. It was that kind of night for Curry and the unflappable Warriors, who left Quicken Loans Arena thoroughly flapped. James has that effect on people.

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NBA Finals Game 6: Tristan Thompson posts double-double, Cavaliers defeat Warriors 115-101

By Michael Beaven Published: June 17, 2016

CLEVELAND: Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson attacked the rim with regulatory Thursday in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Thompson dunked the basketball five times, made a layup and converted three out of four free throws to help the host Cavs defeat the Golden State Warriors 115-101 and even the series at 3-3 in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 20,562 inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Game 7 is set to tipoff around 8 p.m. Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Cleveland fans were pumped Thursday inside and outside the Q as LeBron James scored 41 points for second consecutive game and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points.

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Cavs say LeBron James' back-to-back 41-point nights not unthinkable, but expected

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 17, 2016

CLEVELAND: There is no doubt now that the Cavaliers’ LeBron James was saving himself for when it mattered most.

What other explanation could there be for the four-time league MVP scoring 41 points for the second consecutive game in the NBA Finals?

Could it be a coincidence that from the final five minutes of the third quarter of Game 6 Thursday night through the first 7:38 of the fourth, James scored or assisted on 27 straight points?

Because of James’ leadership and play reminiscent of the 31-year-old’s game years ago, the Cavs are one victory away from Cleveland’s first professional championship in 52 years.

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