NBA Finals: Rockets, Cavs battle to win Western Conference title
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have won their first title since the 2012-13 season by defeating the Houston Rockets 110-106 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
James scored 38 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, including three three-pointers, for his 19th triple-double in the series, which will be televised on ABC.
James also posted his ninth career triple-game triple-doubles, including a team-high 34 points and 10 rebounds in the game.
The Rockets, who had lost six straight in the Finals before this one, also won the first two games of the series by a combined 19 points.
James finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds in Game 1, but the Cavaliers kept the game close by scoring 36 points in the third quarter and 35 in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets shot 56 percent in the final quarter.
The Cavaliers are the first team in NBA history to win two titles in the same year with three different coaches, as the Dallas Mavericks won three championships in the 1990s.
James led the Cavs to the NBA title in 2011 with his career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds.
LeBron James’ 27 triple-DOT double-douch on James Harden in Game 6 of the 2017 NBA Finals, which gave the Cavs the title.
The Cavs won the series 110-104.
James scored 38 Points on 18-of-32 shooting and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who shot 54 percent in Game 5.
The Rockets outscored the Cavaliers 35-21 in the second quarter, and Houston’s reserves also outscaled the Cavs 36-26 in the paint.
The Cavaliers made the most shots in the first half, making 36 of 43.
James had 29 points and 14 rebounds in his final Game 6, which Cleveland beat in five games to win the championship.
Cleveland scored 44 points in Game 3 and 37 in Game 4, including 10 of 16 from three-point range.
James’ 26 points in Games 1 and 2 of the Finals helped the Cavaliers clinch the championship with a Game 5 victory.
James’ 31 points in last year’s NBA Finals helped Cleveland win the title, but he missed the playoffs.
James has one year left on his contract.