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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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LeBron James shines, carries Cavs to Game 7 with 115-101 win over Warriors to even series

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 16, 2016

CLEVELAND: J.R. Smith lofted the pass toward the sky and LeBron James soared through five decades of rot and rust to catch it. When he landed, when the crowd roared and James swung from the rim like a pendulum, the Cavaliers lead was 19 and this series was headed to the Bay Area for the most delicious event in all of sports: Game 7.

Fifty-two years of misery are four quarters from distant memory. The Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors again on Thursday 115-101 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, evening this series at 3-3 and handing the Warriors consecutive losses for just the second time this season.

No NBA team has ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a championship. The Warriors haven’t lost three consecutive games in more than three years. None of that matters anymore. LeBron James is big game hunting. The championship is four quarters away.

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LeBron James calm, relaxed while facing another elimination

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 16, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Thirteen years and two championships in the NBA have taught LeBron James how to handle anticipation and anxiety. Facing his second elimination game in 72 hours, James was relaxed Thursday morning.

That is, until the t-shirts were mentioned.

Fans attending Thursday’s Game 6 will receive a black t-shirt instead of the traditional wine and gold that have been handed out at each of the last nine home playoff games. This is of no concern to James, but he was still asked about it.

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