IN PHOTOS: LeBron, Cavaliers bask in NBA championship glory
IN PHOTOS: LeBron, Cavaliers bask in NBA championship glory


See photos of Cleveland's emotional celebration

MANILA, Philippines – After decades of waiting, the city of Cleveland finally has a major sports championship. And for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it is their turn to bask in the pure bliss and glory of an NBA championship.

The Cavs marched into history as the first team to come back from a 3-1 finals series deficit, defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 7, 93-89, to win the franchise’s first-ever championship.

They also ended a long, painful major sports title drought for the city of Cleveland and foiled Golden State’s attempt at capping off a 73-win record-breaking season with a trophy.

(WATCH: Irving buries clutch championship-clinching 3-pointer in Game 7)

LeBron James won his third Finals MVP trophy as his team returned the favor of celebrating a title on the Warriors’ homecourt.

See photos of the emotional celebration below.

WINNING MOMENT. Cleveland Cavaliers players LeBron James (L), Tristan Thompson (C) and Kevin Love (R) celebrate after the final buzzer. JOHN G. MABANGLO CORBIS OUT/EPA

DAGGER. Kyrie Irving shoots the clutch championship-clinching 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

DROUGHT OVER. Cleveland Cavaliers fans hold signs after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

LOVE. Cleveland Cavaliers' forward Kevin Love (top) goes against Golden State Warriors' forward Anderson Varejao (bottom) during the first half of the NBA Finals. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO CORBIS OUT

STING OF DEFEAT. Back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry absorbs a tough finals defeat after a 73-win season for the Warriors. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

CELEBRATION. A general view of ORACLE Arena as LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. The Cavs return the favor of celebrating a title on the Warriors' home floor. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

LEGENDS. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks with Bill Russell after being named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

CHAMPION COACH. Tyronn Lue celebrates after defeating the Golden State Warriors. Lue wins the title in just his rookie year as coach. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

IT FINALLY HAPPENED. The Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2016 NBA champions. JOHN G. MABANGLO/EPA


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