LeBron James gave Cleveland an iconic sports moment it wants to remember: ‘The Block’

This rejection stopped the Warriors' last, best chance in Game 7.

LeBron James of the Cavaliers blocks a shot by Andre Iguodala of the Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals
LeBron James of the Cavaliers blocks a shot by Andre Iguodala of the Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals –Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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.

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.

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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.

The Game 7 win ended a 52-year championship drought for Cleveland. The block may have been the moment most emblematic of James’ willful dominance in the latter games of the series.

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