The city of Cleveland has its first major sporting championship in 52 years after the Cavaliers upset the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
And the man at the centre of the celebrations was the mercurial LeBron James, who was unanimously named the Finals MVP for the third time in his career after fulfilling his promise to bring a maiden title to the franchise he rejoined two years ago.
The Warriors led by seven at halftime, but the Cavs clawed back in the third quarter and eventually edged ahead in the closing stages of a gripping final term.
With the scores locked up and 53 seconds on the clock, Kyrie Iring buried a clutch three-pointer for Cleveland.
Warriors linchpin Steph Curry was unable to return fire, missing two subsequent three-point attempts either side of a successful free-throw by James.
Unbridled emotion washed over the court after the final buzzer. LeBron – who was colossal with a triple-double, from 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists – was face down on the Oracle Arena floor and tears flowing freely for some time.
The extraordinary triumph in Game 7 capped one of the all-time great comebacks in professional sports, the Cavaliers becoming the first team in NBA Finals history to recover from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship.