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Exclusive: Dwyane Wade Calls LeBron James’ Finals Win ‘Phenomenal’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — LeBron James was able to bring an NBA championship to Cleveland Sunday night, ending the city’s 52-year drought without a major sports title.

It wasn’t the first win in the NBA finals for King James, who won two rings with the Miami Heat, but this victory was different as James, 31, brought the title to his hometown and the city he came back to for this very reason.

Dwyane Wade, James’ teammate in Miami during those title years in South Beach, spoke to ABC News Monday about being there to root on his dear friend and former colleague.

James poured his heart out on live TV after the win, yelling to the crowd, “This is for Cleveland,” while crying tears of joy and claiming a finals MVP trophy.

Wade, 34, couldn’t be prouder, adding he’s personally gone to the finals every year since 2006, “to feel what it’s like to get there and be in the finals. I want to visualize myself being there … being a fan of the game, a game 7, that’s what you play all year for. For that moment.”

Wade said James bringing the trophy to his hometown was “phenomenal.”

“To watch two teams put it all out on the line, the energy of the crowd, the atmosphere … [and] being able to watch Lebron, he’s one of my best friends, knowing that he came back from 3-1, it’s never been done,” Wade said about the intense final game of the series.

Salute to my brother @KingJames .. 3x Champion!!! #Brotherhood

β€” DWade (@DwyaneWade) June 20, 2016

The biggest blessing of all, of course, was “to win a championship in Cleveland,” Wade said.

“They hadn’t won a championship in 50-plus years, to bring that first championship to his team, to that city to that organization, was for me a cool moment to be there,” he added.

After the game, Wade let James bask in the glory, adding “it was his moment, it was about him.”

“In the arena, in that moment, I wanted to let him enjoy that,” he said.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Announce Championship Parade and Rally

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The 2016 NBA Champions won’t stop partying anytime soon.

The Cavaliers have announced they will celebrate their historic championship win in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday with a parade and a rally.

This after the team finally returned home Monday afternoon after their historic 93-89 win, showing off the Larry O’Brien trophy to hundreds of fans at Atlantic Aviation in Cleveland.

“Our fans, they ride or die, no matter what’s been going on, no matter the Browns, the Indians, the Cavs and all other sports teams,” said LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP, according to ESPN. “They continue to support us. And for us to be able to end this — end this drought — our fans deserve it. They deserve it. And it was for them. It’s going to be the biggest party Cleveland has ever seen.”

The Cavaliers also made a stop in Las Vegas after their victory in Oakland, California, where they partied at the XS Nightclub at the Encore casino.

The win marked the first time any NBA team had overcome a 3-1 deficit to become champions, and it was the city of Cleveland’s first major title since 1964.

πŸ†#OneForTheLand pic.twitter.com/LFhfbDMJQ5

β€” Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 20, 2016

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Celebrities Congratulate Cleveland Cavaliers for Winning NBA Finals

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It was a history-making night when LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

In Sunday night’s Game 7, James scored 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to give the Cavs their first NBA Championship.

Many celebrities — including those who hail from the Ohio city — expressed their excitement on social media.

Here’s who took to the web to congratulate James, 31, and his team:

LeBron James with this championship sealed his legacy as one of the five greatest players to ever play this game!

β€” Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 20, 2016

CHAMPIONS!!!! From CLEVELAND!!! #CAVS Thank you thank you thank you!!!!! β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»πŸΎ

β€” Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) June 20, 2016

Wow. One of the best finals ever. So proud of King James. Salute Warriors Happy Father’s Day to all.

β€” Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 20, 2016

Lebron did it. Everybody be quiet.

Goodnight.

β€” Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 20, 2016

Congrats #Cavs and #Cleveland #NBAFinals #nailbiter

β€” Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 20, 2016

“I don’t know why the man above makes me take the hardest road.” @kingjames, making me cry. Congrats #Cleveland.

β€” Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) June 20, 2016

The monkey’s off. #Believeland

β€” Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) June 20, 2016

WEEPING TEARS OF JOY!!! #Cleveland YOU DID IT !!! @KingJames YOU DID IT!!!! πŸΎπŸ€πŸ†πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ€πŸ’₯πŸΎπŸ†πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

β€” Darby Stanchfield (@darbysofficial) June 20, 2016

watch me go off off off!!!!!! Kongrats to da King and da BOYZ!!!!

β€” Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 20, 2016

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Filling-In After Injury, Sam Hornish Jr. Wins at Iowa Speedway

Allen Kee / ESPN(NEWTON, Iowa) β€” The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was off this week, but XFINITY Series racing went on at Iowa Speedway.

Sam Hornish Jr. won the American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen on Sunday leading in 183 of the race’s 250 laps.

Hornish was competing in his first NASCAR race of the year, filling in for the injured Matt Tifft in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. It was Hornish’s fourth career XFINITY win and first since 2014.

The XFINITY Series stops next at Daytona International Speedway on July 1 for the Subway Firecracker 250 powered by Coca-Cola.

Sprint Cup racing returns next weekend with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

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Scoreboard Roundup β€” 6/19/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) β€” Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Texas 5, St. Louis 4
San Francisco 5, Tampa Bay 1
Houston 6, Cincinnati 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Kansas City 2, Detroit 1/12 innings
Anaheim 2, Oakland 0
Cleveland 3, Chi. White Sox 2/10 innings
Baltimore 11, Toronto 6
Boston 2, Seattle 1
Minnesota 7, N.-Y. Yankees 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Los Angeles 2, Milwaukee 1
San Diego 6, Washington 3
Atlanta 6, N.-Y. Mets 0
Florida 3, Colorado 0
Arizona 5, Phildelphia 1
Chi. Cubs 10, Pittsburgh 5

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Cleveland 93, Golden State 89, Cleveland wins series 4 games to 3

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Obama Stayed on Air Force One to Watch Final Minutes of Game 7

(WASHINGTON) β€” Dads across the country were glued to their seats watching the final moments of Game 7 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors on Father’s Day — including the Commander-in-chief himself.

President Obama and his family stayed aboard Air Force One to watch the final nail-biting minutes of the game after landing at Joint Base Andrews on Sunday night, the White House confirmed to ABC News.

What a game and what a series for the @Cavs. Happy to see @KingJames bring it home for Cleveland!

β€” President Obama (@POTUS) June 20, 2016

The First Family were returning from Yosemite Valley after a trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Yosemite National Park in California to encourage more people to appreciate and visit national parks.

Air Force One had touched down at Andrews at 10:19 p.m., with less than two minutes remaining in the deciding game between the Cavaliers and Warriors.

At 10:37 p.m., moments after LeBron James and the Cavaliers finally brought a championship home to Cleveland, President Obama jogged down the steps of Air Force One followed by his daughters, Malia and Sasha, and first lady Michelle Obama.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Defeat Golden State Warriors to Win NBA Finals

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Cavaliers have won Cleveland’s first major title since 1964.

Kyrie Irving drilled a 3-pointer with less than a minute left, breaking a tie that had dragged on for more than three minutes, and LeBron James hit a pair of free throws with 10.6 seconds left, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 93-89 victory over the Golden State Warrioras in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, for the team’s first NBA Championship.

James finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, as the Cavaliers beat the Warriors for the third straight game, completing an unprecedented comeback from a three games to one deficit in the Finals. Irving scored 26 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

Draymond Green carried the Warriors, scoring 32 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dising out 9 assists, but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both struggled, scoring 17 and 14 points respectively. Curry hit just 6-of-19 from the field, and Thompson went 6-of-17.

The game was tied at 89-89 when Golden State’s Klay Thompson took a Draymond Green pass for a layup with 4:39 left in the game, but then neither team could score again until Irving nailed a 3-ponter with 54 seconds left.

The scoring drought came in a game in which neither team ever led by double digits, as both sides dug in on defense.

The Cavs trailed 54-46 with 10:33 left in the third quarter after Thompson, who had struggled in the first half nailed a 3-pointer and followed it with an 8-foot fade away jumper, but Cleveland answered with an 8-0 run to tie it up at 54-54. J.R. Smith fueled the run with a pair of 3-pointers and a steal that led to a layup by Irving.

The Warriors went back up 59-54 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 7:40 left in the quarter, but Cleveland answered with an 11-0 run, taking a 65-59 lead when Irving completed a 3-point play with 4:33 left.

But Green wouldn’t let the Cavs run away with it. He drew a foul on James as he attempted a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws, then connected from long range in a 10-3 run that tied the game at 71-71 with 1:56 left.

Despite Green’s 23 first-half points, the Warriors never led by more than 7 points before the break, taking a 49-42 lead into the lockerroom. Green was 5-of-5 from three-point range, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in the first 24 minutes, and the Warriors needed every bit of it, as the rest of the team struggled.

Curry, who scored 9 in the first two quarters picked up his third foul with a minute left, putting him in foul trouble for the third straight game. He Curry and Thompson, the so-called “Splash Brothers” went a combined 5 for 17 from the field.

James kept up the dominance that helped the Cavs force a Game 7 after they trailed the series three games to one, driving and outmuscling the Warriors for 12 points, while also grabbing 8 rebounds, dishing 5 assists and blocking 4 shots.

It’s the year of the Cavalier. #NBAChampions https://t.co/v9z3s1HAhB

β€” Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 20, 2016

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Dustin Johnson Wins US Open Golf Championship

Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(OAKMONT, Pa.) — Dustin Johnson has won the 116th U.S. Open Golf Championship.

Johnson, who tied for second in last year’s tournament, has now earned his first major title.

A possible one stroke penalty from the fifth hole did not end up mattering for the 31-year-old as he finished 4-under to win by three strokes.

The United States Golf Association docked a stroke after assessing what happened on the fifth hole when the ball appeared to move as Johnson set up for a par putt.

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Tim Lincecum Returns to the Majors with the Angels

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — He may no longer have the mid-90s fastball or the flowing hair, but Tim Lincecum’s return to the big leagues was an impressive one.

After nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants — including four All-Star games and two Cy Young Awards — The Freak made his Los Angeles Angels debut back in the Bay Area. Pitching against the Oakland A’s, Lincecum allowed just one run in six hard-fought innings.

He spoke afterwards about the ovations he received, “Pretty incredible. I wasn’t expecting that, but they came out today and they showed their support. It’s nice, obviously, bring close to where I started and having my Bay area fans here, so it definitely made it feel like a home game to me.”

Following September hip surgery, Lincecum was left searching for a team this spring. After signing a minor league deal with the Angels and making three starts in Triple-A, Lincecum got back to the majors.

He says it all felt familiar, “It just kind of felt like riding a bike again, you know, you get into the rhythm of the game.”

His last four years in San Francisco were colored by inconsistency and on-field struggles. But Lincecum says he’s trying to focus on the here and now.

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NBA Finalists Stephen Curry and LeBron James Share What They’ve Learned About Fatherhood

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sunday is a big day for Stephen Curry and Lebron James.

Not only is it Game 7 of the NBA Finals between their teams, but the two men will also be celebrating Father’s Day.

Curry is father to two daughters, Riley, 3, and Ryan, 11 months, while James is father to three children, Lebron Jr., 11, Bryce, 9, and Zhuri, 1.

The two NBA stars have reflected a lot about fatherhood since becoming dads. Here are their best reflections on their most important role:

Curry: “Being a father kind of gives you something more to play for,” he said during a press conference, according to Yahoo! Sports. “I think off the court, it just grounds you every day, because no matter if I have a good game, bad game, score 40, score 10, I think my daughter’s going to be happy to see me when I get home, and that kind of makes everything all right.”

James: “My favorite thing about being a father is just seeing my kids grow and do some of the same things that I did when I was a kid, man,” he told ESPN. “As a father you sometimes get mad and then you think about it. You’re like ‘Wow, I used to do those same things so how can I get that mad?'”

Curry: “I think about the milestones from my childhood and what it will be like to watch our kids go through them,” he told Parents magazine. “Taking Riley to her first day of school was a whirlwind. I can’t imagine what middle school is going to be like, and high school, and graduation. All those little checkpoints are going to be fun, and there will be ups and downs along the way.”

James: “There’s no encyclopedia or book about parenthood. You learn on the fly,” he told Bleacher Report. “And, as a parent, if you have multiple kids, you can’t teach them all the same thing because they all have different personalities. They’re their own person. And I understand that.”

Curry: “You want them to have a childhood,” the NBA player told Buzzfeed about his kids, “and hopefully the things we teach them take hold over outside influences. There’s so much opportunity for that negative stuff to creep into the household, but you hope that they have role models they can look up to and don’t get the wrong information too soon.”

James: “Being a leader of my household, a leader of Miami, a leader of Team USA. It’s the same exact thing,” he told GQ of fatherhood back when he played for the Miami Heat. “You can sense when a guy is frustrated — maybe [he] doesn’t feel involved enough in the offense. As [a] leader you go over to him, [and say] you know, ‘How can I help?’ Because at the end of the day, we all have one common goal — and that’s to be great.”

Curry: “You learn that there’s no right way to do it, no wrong way to do it,” he told GQ of parenting. “It’s just what you feel comfortable with, to trust that and don’t let anybody box you in to a certain style of parenting or make you feel a certain way about what your kids do.”

James: “It’s different. It’s a lot different,” the NBA star told ESPN of welcoming his third child, a daughter. “For me, you give rough love to your boys and you give soft love to your daughter. I understand that, and I’m looking forward to the journey of all three of them growing up.”

Curry:
“No better blessing than the responsibility of fatherhood,” he wrote on Instagram. “Woke up this am at 6:15 am with 2 year old feet kicking me in my back and wouldn’t have it any other way. My little girl has such a contagious spirit about her that makes me appreciate EVERYTHING.”

James: “As a parent you protect your kids as much as possible,” he told ESPN.

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