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James leads Cavs to historic comeback for NBA Championship

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When Cleveland finally won its championship, and residents have been waiting to read that sentence for more than half-century, it was because the King would not allow anything else.

Forget a 3-1 defecit. Forget the two-time MVP on the other team. Forget Game Seven being at the home of the Golden State Warriors.

LeBron James willed the Cavs to win the NBA title, 93-89. It was James’ third NBA title, but his first since coming home to Cleveland. He had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to pace the victory. Kyrie Irving had 26 points.

For Cleveland, it ended decades of frustration. The city has suffered through The Drive (John Elway), The Fumble (Ernest Byner) and The Shot (Michael Jordan).

There were more. The Indians lost a game seven to the Marlins in the World Series. The Browns’ Brian Sipe threw an interception. And so on.

James ended all of that.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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