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Cleveland Cavaliers star in NBA pictures of the season

Robbie Purves | June 23, 2016

The NBA season produced some jaw-dropping moments and culminated in LeBron James lifting Cleveland Cavaliers’ first ever championship.

From Purple Shirt Man trash-talking with Dwyane Wade to Draymond Green becoming the archetypal villain, we take a look at some of the best moments in pictures…

Cleveland crazy for Cavaliers

For the first time in over 50 years, the city of Cleveland held a championship winning parade after NFL outfit the Browns won in 1964. Cleveland Cavaliers, who so many doubted when coming into the Finals, overcame previous champions Golden State Warriors in Game 7.

Cavaliers Parade

Cav’s LeBron James was greeted as a hero, standing in the back of a Rolls Royce making his way through downtown Cleveland. King James returned to his hometown team in 2014 and promised Cavaliers a championship. Two years later he fulfilled his promise.

Cavaliers Parade Basketball

LeBron leads Cavs to glory

NBA Finals Cavaliers Warriors Basketball

LeBron was named the Finals MVP and sealed his place among the greatest ever, with jaw-dropping performances against a side that broke the regular season win record.

NBA Finals Cavaliers Warriors Basketball

Cavs defied the odds by overcoming a 3-1 series deficit, a feat never before done in the NBA Finals.

Draymond diminishes Dubs dominance

With a punch to LeBron’s groin and getting sucked into a physical battle, Green may have cost his team a championship.

NBA Finals Warriors Cavaliers Basketball

The suspension was devastating to Dubs and played a part in turning basketball fans against the Warriors and root for the Wine and Gold.

Purple Shirt Man

With Miami Heat facing elimination in Charlotte after losing three straight games, Dwyane Wade was at his playoff best, burying Charlotte Hornets with 23 points to force a Game 7.

Heat Hornets Basketball

Charlotte possessed a rather confident fan that night, who repeatedly trash-talked Wade court-side. The supporter known only as ‘Purple Shirt Man’, soon regretted his antics as Heat won the series 4-3.

Adams excels

One of the stories of the Playoffs, was the emergence of Oklahoma City Thunder’s New Zealander, Steven Adams.

Thunder Warriors Basketball

The Kiwi was a real dominating force in the paint, collecting rebounds and blocking shots. Thunder pushed Golden State to a nail-biting seven games.

Basketball says bye to Kobe

After 20 years with Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant hung up his jersey for good.

Jazz Lakers Basketball

The five-time NBA Champion signed of with a mammoth 60 points in his final game, outscoring the entire Utah Jazz team 23–21 in the fourth quarter.

Warriors break win record

Steve Kerr’s Golden State broke the regular season win record, with their final regular season game over Memphis Grizzlies – surpassing that of Chicago Bulls’ 1995/96 72 wins.

Grizzlies Warriors Basketball

Warriors were by far the best team in the regular season, but does it really matter when Steph Curry didn’t collect a second ring?

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