It’s over. It’s all over. The Drive. The Fumble. The Shot. Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. No professional titles since 1964. Done. Over.
The long suffering City of Cleveland can finally cry tears of joy. And they will flow unapologetically through the streets.
Game 7’s rarely live up to their billing. The Cavs’ 93 – 89 triumph over the Warriors exceeded any reasonable expectations. It will likely go down as one of the greatest games ever played in terms of quality and magnitude. It’s quite possibly the greatest Game 7 ever. In Cleveland, there will be no debate. The game included 11 ties and 20 lead changes and was played in a claustrophobic window for most of its 48 minutes.
The plays that decided the game will be retold through generations of Cleveland sports fans with appropriately increasing degrees of hyperbole.
With the game tied at 89 with just under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, LeBron stalked Andre Iguodala the freakish chase down block to deny the Warriors the lead.
Kyrie Irving broke the 89 – 89 tie with a contested three pointer in Steph Curry’s mug with just over one minute left in the 4th quarter. The dagger put the Cavs up to stay.
Curry, the unanimous NBA MVP ended Game 7 with an underwhelming 17 points. Any discussions involving LeBron James’ legacy are now punctuated by citing his 27 point, 11 rebound, 11 assist triple double in Game 7 of the NBA Finals as testament to his greatness.
The improbable. The impossible is done. Tonight is LeBron James’ night. Tonight is City of Cleveland’s night. It’s over. It’s finally, finally over.
— Mashable (@mashable) June 20, 2016
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 20, 2016