The 2016 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2015–16 season and conclusion of this 2016 playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the defending NBA champion and Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4–3 in a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals. It was the 14th rematch of the previous NBA Finals ever, and the first Finals since 2008 in which the number one seed in each conference met. This was the second right rematch in back-to-back decades, since the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs played in 2013 and 2014.
Golden State, which made home-court advantage with establishing the NBA regular season wins record (73–9), jumped to a 2–0 lead to the series while documenting the biggest combined margin of victory (48) through two games in NBA Finals history. Cleveland returned home and reacted with a 120–90 triumph in Game 3, but the Warriors won Game 4 to take a 3–1 series lead. The Cavaliers won the next three matches 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 won by the road team.
For the first time since 2004, a new scheduling format was assessed for the Finals. Tuesday scheme — in a Thursday — Sunday, the Finals were played in prior decades. However, the league changed its scheduling to ensure an extra day off for the two groups, which have to travel from one city to another throughout the collection. This, along with the designated travel day, took place after Games 2, 4, 5, and 6.
The triumph by the Cavaliers was the first major professional sports championship won by a team based in Cleveland since 1964, and also the first-ever championship won by the Cavaliers franchise. NBA Finals MVP winner LeBron James propelled the Cavaliers to 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