The Cleveland Cavaliers won their city its first championship in 52 years and the team couldn’t wait to get back into the locker room to celebrate. Shortly after the trophy ceremony, LeBron James and his teammates strapped on their goggles and started popping champagne bottles.
The Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 by a score of 93 to 89 and became the first team in NBA history to come back from being down three to one in the finals. The championship win was also the first in Cavs franchise history.
Head coach Tyronn Lue stripped down to his white undershirt for his champagne shower while some of his players simply went shirtless. The other guys proudly wore their 2016 NBA championships shirts, which were quickly drenched in the bubbly.
While the Cavs celebrated in the locker room at Oracle Arena, fans who had made the cross-country journey to watch their team bring home a championship celebrated in the seats long after the final buzzer. Warriors fans tried to drown out the post-game championship ceremony with boos, but were unsuccessful.
Back in Cleveland, the city shut down much of downtown for the throngs of fans that started flooding the streets earlier in the day on Sunday. As the last second ticked off the clock, the fans erupted outside the Quicken Loans Arena and all the way down East 4th Street.
The tentative date for a proper parade celebrate is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22.