The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 year and conclusion of the 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 previous NBA Finals in history, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in every 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 made home-court advantage with establishing the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped into a two –0 lead in the series while documenting the biggest combined margin of victory (48) through two matches in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and reacted using a 120–90 win 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. It also marked the first time since 1978 that Game 7 has been obtained by the road team. For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was assessed for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — in prior years, the Finals were performed in a Thursday — Sunday. On the other hand, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an excess day off for the two groups, which have to journey from 1 city to another during the series. This, together with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6. The triumph from the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and the first-ever championship won from the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers into the historical comeback. James had a historically great Finals performance, becoming the first player in NBA history to lead all players at a playoff series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks Read more: