Somehow, they did it.
Kyrie Irving strolled up the court, did a few fancy moves, then stepped back and nailed a three pointer.
Steph Curry raced up the court, tried a few maneuvers to create space, then flung up a forced three pointer. It missed.
One dramatic free-throw from LeBron James.
The rest was a formality.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship. Do you need to hear it again?
The Cleveland Cavaliers, led by locally grown Super Hero LeBron James, won the NBA Championship. They climbed out of a 3-1 hole and beat the defending champion, 73 win, hot shot three point making extraordinaire Golden State Warriors.
What else has to be said?
Over the next 24 hours, hundreds of thousands of words will be written about this game. This series. This season. This decade plus long grind for LeBron James and his quest to bring a title to his home state.
But, really, here is what you need to know.
LeBron James, so exhausted from his biblical odyssey, found himself crying on the ground of Oracle Arena in Oakland, clutching himself—perhaps pinching himself—because of this fact:
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship.
Need to hear it again? Go into work and ask anyone. They will tell you. The person who has followed the NBA since the beginning of his life will be able to tell you. So will the old lady who wonders if Larry Bird is still in the league.
Because this series and those final minutes really mattered.
Stories will arise from this that transcend any basketball term. The clickbait articles will be unrelenting.
“Seven reasons why Cleveland deserved this.”
“Five ways LeBron has given back to Akron, title or no title.”
“The 10 best-dressed celebrities from game seven.”
That won’t matter. If you are a basketball fan, if you watched this season and series unfold, you will know the importance of the following sentence.
The LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship.