Cleveland's 52-year championship drought finally ended on Sunday night as the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA finals history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series by virtue of their 93-89 victory in Game 7.
Lebron James fell to the hardwood at Oracle Arena in disbelief as the final buzzer sounded and cried tears of joy as the reality sank in that the burden was finally lifted.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue sat at the bench with his head in his hands, clearly overcome with emotions. Even J.R. Smith let it all pour out as he celebrated the title in Oakland.
The 73-win Warriors entered the series as heavy favorites and had three chances to secure their second straight Larry O'Brien Trophy, but they let it slip out of their grasp.
The reigning two-time MVP Stephen Curry stole the show during the regular season as Golden State had a record-setting 2015-16 campaign, but the team from the Bay Area was dealt its ninth loss of the playoffs which matched its regular season total.
Lebron carried the city of Cleveland on his back and finally lifted the curse that haunted its fans for more than five decades. When Lebron made "The Decision" and left Cleveland for Miami back in 2010, he was demonized.
Upon announcing his return to the franchise in 2014, the King wrote a heartfelt letter to his fans to tell them he was coming home and vowed to deliver the city a championship.
As bleak as things looked at times, Lebron delivered on his promise.
Cleveland can finally celebrate its first Pro title since 1964 and call itself the City of Champions.