The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season 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 at a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the preceding NBA Finals in history, and also the first Finals since 2008 where the number one seed in each summit fulfilled. It 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 earned home-court advantage with setting the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead to the string whilst documenting the largest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and reacted using a 120–90 triumph in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the following three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. Additionally, it marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 has been won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was assessed for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — in previous decades, the Finals were performed at a Thursday — Sunday. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to make sure an extra day off for both groups, which need to travel from one town to another during the collection. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The win from the Cavaliers has been the first major professional sports championship won by a team located in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won from the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historic recovery. 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