They are the Champions!
My son sent me this T-shirt, a duplicate of the one the Cleveland Cavaliers wore during their 1.3 million-fan-strong parade in Cleveland June 22, 2016, after they won the city’s first ever NBA (National Basketball Association) title.
Now, what are the spooky stats?
Here’s something for you fans and gamers. This is spooky:
Cleveland amassed 610 points through the first six games of the series, while the Golden State Warriors scored a total of 610 points through the first six games of the series. Then, in the final Game 7, the two teams were tied 89-89 with less than a minute to play! And that means each team had scored 699 total points in the series to that final minute, even though all the first six games were runaways in winning point margins.
Cleveland persevered on a three-point shot by Kyrie Irving and a final free throw by LeBron James to win the title, 93-89, in Game 7.
Four points separated the two teams in total for the seven-game series!
Do the math: Game One
Golden State, 104; Cleveland, 89
Golden State, 110; Cleveland, 77
Cleveland, 120; Golden State, 90
Golden State, 108; Cleveland, 97
Cleveland, 112; Golden State, 97
Cleveland, 115; Golden State, 101
Cleveland, 93; Golden State, 89
Cleveland, 703; Golden State, 699.
In addition, Golden State failed to score another point over the last 4:30+ minutes of Game 7; their point total for the series was already stalled at 699.
For frosting on the cake, Cleveland completed the first ever NBA Finals comeback to win after going down three games to one in the first four contests.
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg