NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers are champions at last, LeBron James is Finals' Most Valuable Player

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after beating the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after beating the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the NBA Finals.PHOTO: REUTERS
LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
LeBron James #23 and Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.PHOTO: AFP
Cleveland Cavaliers players LeBron James (left), Tristan Thompson (centre) and Kevin Love (right) celebrate after beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals Game 7.
Cleveland Cavaliers players LeBron James (left), Tristan Thompson (centre) and Kevin Love (right) celebrate after beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals Game 7.PHOTO: EPA
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates in the final moments of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates in the final moments of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.PHOTO: AFP
Cleveland Cavaliers fans rejoice at a watch party outside of Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Championship Game.
Cleveland Cavaliers fans rejoice at a watch party outside of Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Championship Game.PHOTO: REUTERS
Cleveland Cavaliers fans gather at The Quicken Loans Arena to watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Cleveland Cavaliers fans gather at The Quicken Loans Arena to watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.PHOTO: AFP
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers blocks a shot by Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.PHOTO: AFP

OAKLAND (California) (REUTERS) - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 on Sunday to win their first National Basketball Association championship and complete a remarkable comeback unlike any seen before.

With the victory over the top-seeded defending champions, the Cavaliers became the first team to rally from a 1-3 series deficit in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and win the title.

The win also ends decades of heartbreak for the city of Cleveland, which had not won a professional sports championship since the 1964 Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

For James, who dropped to the court in tears after the final buzzer, the win not only marks his third championship following a pair of wins with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, but it fulfills his promise to deliver a title to his home state.

Facing elimination in each of their previous two games, James carried the Cavs back from the brink as they became only the third team to force a Game 7 after falling behind 1-3 in the championship round.

For the Warriors, who had a record 73 wins during the 82-game regular season, Sunday's defeat marked the first time since November 2013 that they have lost three consecutive games.

The Warriors were in complete control of the series but were ultimately undone by the disappearance of their high-octane offence, a one-game ban to defensive stalwart Draymond Green, a season-ending injury to rim-protecting centre Andrew Bogut and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala dealing with a balky back.

James was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals.It marks the third time he has captured the award after winning it with Miami in 2012 a nd 2013.