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The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2016 playoffs of the National Basketball Association and the conclusion of the 2015–16 season. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.

2016 NBA Finals
NBA Finals logo
Team Coach Wins
Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue 4
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr 3
Dates June 2–19, 2016
MVP LeBron James
(Cleveland Cavaliers)
Television United States:
English: ABC and ESPN3
Spanish: ESPN Deportes
Canada: (all ABC simulcasts)
TSN (Games 1, 2, 5, 7)
Sportsnet (Games 3, 4, 6)
Announcers ABC:
ESPN Deportes:
  • Álvaro Martín (play-by-play), and
  • Carlos Morales (analyst)
Radio network ESPN Radio (National)
Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network (Cleveland)
Golden State Warriors Radio Network (Golden State Warriors
Announcers Kevin Calabro and Hubie Brown (ESPN Radio)
John Michael and Jim Chones (Cleveland)
Tim Roye, Jim Barnett and Tom Tolbert (Golden State)
Referees
Game 1: Ken Mauer, Marc Davis, and Ed Malloy.
Game 2: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, and James Capers.
Game 3: Monty McCutchen, Derrick Stafford, and Zach Zarba.
Game 4: Dan Crawford, Mike Callahan, and Jason Phillips.
Game 5: Monty McCutchen, Marc Davis, and Derrick Stafford.
Game 6: Scott Foster, Ken Mauer, and Jason Phillips.
Game 7: Dan Crawford, Mike Callahan, and Monty McCutchen.
Eastern Finals Cavaliers defeated Raptors, 4–2
Western Finals Warriors defeated Thunder, 4–3
NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2016 playoffs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the conclusion of the 2015–16 season. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. It was the second straight rematch in back-to-back years, as the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played each other in 2013 and 2014.

Golden State, which earned home-court advantage by having the best overall record during the regular season (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead in the series while recording the largest combined margin of victory (48) through two games 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 next three games to become the first team in Finals history to successfully overcome a 3–1 deficit. It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 was won by the road team.

The win by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to the historic comeback and secured himself into the conversation amongst the other all-time greats.

For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was instituted for the Finals. In previous years, the Finals was played in a Thursday–Sunday–Tuesday scheme. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for both teams, which have to travel from one city to another during the series. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.

A number of records were set during the finals including the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and the largest viewing audience.