Cleveland, no matter how hard it may have tried, couldn’t forget “The Drive” or “The Fumble” or “The Shot.” But now, thanks to LeBron James, it has a sports moment requiring the definite article that it will want to remember forever: The Block.
— NBA (@NBA) June 20, 2016
With 1:50 remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals and the Cavaliers and Warriors tied, 89-89, James made a defensive play that may prove the most indelible moment of a historic championship. He chased down Andre Iguodala of the Warriors, the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NBA Finals contested between these two teams, and rejected his attempt at a go-ahead layup.
The Cavaliers eventually broke the deadlock — one that would ultimately stretch nearly four minutes — so dramatically prolonged by James’ block with just 53 seconds remaining in regulation on a three-point shot by point guard Kyrie Irving. James would add a made free throw with 10 seconds remaining as his Cavs held on for a 93-89 victory.
OMG that block was crazy
— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) June 20, 2016