History was definitely made at the just concluded NBA finals as the Cavaliers became the first team to come back from going 3-1 down to overturning the deficit and win 4-3.
This feat was achievable due to one reason and one only, Lebron James was beastly, and when the best player in the world and one of the best players in history becomes beastly, anything can happen. In addition to this simple reason, Kyrie Irving stepped up big time when it mattered most and Kevin Love contributed.
The game saw MVP, Stephen Curry, not in any way performing as expected, with his splash brother, Klay Thompson, also deciding on being invincible at such crucial game.
Draymond Green tried, but he couldn’t get help from his colleagues.The Cavs achievement is DEFINITELY the greatest finals comeback in history.The NBA has definitely had a lot of enthralling game 7 games over the years. In this article, we look at the best game 7 games in NBA History;
7. 1984 NBA Finals – Boston Celtics Defeated Los Angeles Lakers
A classic seven-game thriller, the unpredictable 1984 Finals had everything and more: great play from all-time great players, costly gaffes, extreme drama, controversy, thrilling finishes, multiple overtimes, strategy, conspiracy theories, many thrust-and-parry adjustments, racial tension, more twists and turns than a 1980’s night-time soap opera, a dramatic finish and even more.George Orwell’s infamous titular year was a time well before the Internet and cell phones, before computers took over, a time when few people even owned a VCR and kids actually played outside regularly.In their fifth season, arch-rivals Larry Bird and Earvin Johnson finally met in the title round for the first of three epic championship showdowns. In their first four seasons one or the other had been in the Finals, but never at the same time.In a golden era for sports, the Celtic/Laker rivalry was the defining sports rivalry of the time, one that transcended the game. The rivalry captured a nation’s imagination with its many-layered subplots, headlined by the celebrated and much-anticipated Bird-Johnson duel, with its long-awaited rematch storyline and undeniable racial and historical overtones. Ironically, the road team captured each of those classics. Boston won 129-125 in 1984 in OT
- 1970 NBA Finals – New York Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Lakers
At first read, you might wonder why this counts in the list considering the large gap in the final score. Truth be told, the Knicks didn’t even give the Lakers a chance to make it a close game.Why is Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals on the list? Because one of the most iconic moments in NBA history took place to start the game – and very well may have inspired the Knicks’ title-clinching win.Let’s rewind a bit first. In Game 5 of the series, New York legend and that year’s season MVP, Willis Reed, injured his leg on a drive and missed the remainder of the contest as well as Game 6.There were questions if Reed, whose ailment was considered serious, could play in Game 7, and it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to do so leading up to the game.But moments before tip-off, a limping Reed walked onto the floor to the applause of the Madison Square Garden crowd. The big man then hit his first two shots of the game and defended NBA great Wilt Chamberlain for the remainder of the first half, while another Knicks legend in Walt Frazier finished with 36 points, 19 assists, and 7 rebounds to lead New York to the win.“The Lakers turned around, including Wilt, turned around and saw this and then lost the game right there,” said Phil Pepe of the New York Daily News
- 1994 NBA Finals – Houston Rockets defeat New York Knicks
The 1994 NBA Finals is one of the most underrated series in NBA history. Not only did it feature two of the premier big men of the era – Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing – it also included two teams whose depth and toughness were stupendous; an interruption from one of the most iconic car chases – OJ Simpson – in the history of mankind; and a blocked shot from John Starks that many die-hard Knicks fans will remember to their graves.Both teams split the first 4 games before New York won at home in Game 5 to get within a win of a title. With the Rockets up 86-84 in the dying seconds of Game 6, John Starks called for a screen from Ewing then pulled up for a potential title-clinching 3-pointer. Unfortunately for New Yorkers, Olajuwon blocked the shot. Here’s something important you have to know about that play: after Ewing had given Starks the screen, he was wide open rolling to the rim and could have forced overtime. Starks went for the clincher, missed, and then had one of the most horrible games in NBA history in Game 7. While Olajuwon had 25, 10, and 7 in Game 7, Ewing was held to only 17 points in 17 shot attempts. Starks took 18 attempts from the field and made only 2, including going 0-of-11 from the deep.Big shots in the final period by Hakeem, the league’s MVP, and Vernon Maxwell, who had 21 points, sealed the title for the Rockets.
4. 2010 NBA Finals – Los Angeles Lakers defeated Boston Celtics
The Lakers finally beat the Boston Celtics, and they did it in Game Seven, something that Magic and Jerry’s Lakers never could.And because of that, Kobe Bryant (who had the most on the line out of anyone in Staples Center tonight) called it “the sweetest one, by far.”His postgame media session was his most entertaining in months, overflowing with jokes and constant smiles, finally shedding his heartless Tin Man routine and admitting that beating the Celtics meant “everything” and that it’s “very important” to him to be the greatest Laker of all time.No, he’s still not that. But that’s more a reflection on the fantastic heritage that comes with donning the purple and gold than a slight to his virtually unparalleled resume.What he is now, indisputably, is the greatest player of the decade. Look at the numbers from 2000-2010: Five NBA Championships, two Finals MVPs, seven Finals appearances, one MVP, eight All-NBA First Team, eight All-Defensive First Teams, 11 All-Star appearances.And if there is any room for his legend to grow in Los Angeles, it’s been filled by the personal vindication that comes with a championship over the Celtics. Yes, this game meant so much to Kobe because it meant so much for his legacy.But on a night when Kobe’s jumper deserted him, it was his supporting cast who out-defended and out-rebounded the Celtics and exorcised ghosts of their own.First, “The Spaniard,” as Bryant affectionately calls him, has now and forever purged the “soft” label. In fact, if a reporter ever asks Gasol an “s word” question again, he should immediately be suffocated by pillow…by Gasol himself. With the game on the line tonight, Pau was the biggest, baddest man on the court. He grabbed every rebound, didn’t settle for fadeaways, blocked shots, and roared with enough fury to give young children nightmares of sweaty beards for weeks.
- 2013 NBA Finals – Miami Heat defeated San Antonio Spurs
The Miami Heat are back-to-back NBA Champions, but the San Antonio Spurs made them earn every last bit of it.It was a hard-fought if not always pretty Game 7, but LeBron James finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 95-88 win.LeBron was rightfully named NBA Finals MVP. He earned that with a good series where he stepped up and played his best when his team needed it in the fourth quarter of Game 6 and all of Game 7. LeBron joins Michael Jordan and Bill Russell as the only players to win back-to-back MVPs and NBA titles in the same years.This has been the most entertaining NBA Finals in years and that was due in large part to a Spurs team that never wilted under Miami’s pressure. Tim Duncan had 24 points, 21-year-old Kawhi Leonard had 18 and the Spurs as a team showed why they were one of the best teams of their generation. But in the end Tony Parker had to sit as he was gassed and Manu Ginobili made turnovers. Even the great Duncan missed a clean look to tie it late.Miami had great games from LeBron and Dwyane Wade — 23 points as he attacked on two bad knees — and then the surprise performance from Shane Battier who had 18 points with an NBA Finals record 6 three pointers. But it was the pressure of the Heat defense that ended up getting them this series, they forced enough key turnovers and made enough plays to win.And with that they carve out a little bit of NBA history as back-to-back champions.
- 1988 NBA Finals – Los Angeles Lakers defeated Detroit Pistons
The 1988 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1987–88 NBA season. One of Los Angeles Lakers head coach Pat Riley’s most famous moments came when he promised the crowd a repeat championship during the Lakers’ 1986-87 championship parade in downtown Los Angeles. With every team in the league now gunning for them, the Los Angeles Lakers still found a way to win, taking their seventh consecutive Pacific Division title. While the 1988 Lakers did not produce as many wins in the regular season as the 1987 Lakers, they were just as successful in the playoffs, becoming the first team in 19 years to repeat as champions. The Lakers met the physical Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals.One of Piston guard Isiah Thomas’ career-defining performances came in Game 6. Despite badly twisting his ankle midway through the period, Thomas scored a still-NBA Finals record 25 third quarter points, as Detroit fell valiantly, 103-102, to the Lakers at the Forum.Thomas still managed to score 10 first-half points in Game 7, as Detroit built a 5-point lead. In the 3rd quarter, the Lakers, inspired by Finals MVP James Worthy and Byron Scott (14 3rd quarter points), exploded as they built a 10-point lead entering the final period. The lead swelled to 15 before Detroit mounted a furious 4th-quarter rally, trimming the lead to 2-points on several occasions. Still, several Detroit miscues enabled the Lakers to win with a 108-105 victory.
- 2016 NBA Finals – Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Golden State Warriors
Astounding. That’s not the only adjective to describe the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 93-89 Game 7 victory and first NBA championship in franchise history. Remarkable or sublime would work too. No team has ever come back from 3-1 down to win the NBA finals, until now. A series defined by back and forth body blows (both figurative and literal) ended in similar fashion — two teams trading runs and pushing each other to the limit. The moment LeBron James returned to Ohio for has finally arrived. He got one for the Land. Leading his team with a seventh career finals triple-double (27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists), James refused to be denied his third NBA championship and third finals MVP trophy. A hard bump on a shooting foul late in the game was one final obstacle to overcome. His free throw off that foul helped give the Cavs a four-point lead that iced the title. James was also vital on the defensive end, swatting three blocks, including a huge denial of Andre Iguodala, last year’s finals MVP and noted LeBron stopper, that prevented the Warriors from taking the lead with less than two minutes to go. The 2016 finals will be remembered partially as the coming out party for Kyrie Irving, a player who’s been much maligned for his inability to function effectively as James’s sidekick. That should end now, with Irving’s 26 points and six rebounds and knack for making momentum-turning shots. With 53 seconds left — after both teams failed to grab hold of the game late — Irving buried the three that would give them the advantage for good. Kevin Love, the third member of the Cavs’ Big Three who never figured out his offensive game, brought down 14 vital rebounds to lead his team’s interior dominance.