On Sunday, the Cavaliers ended over half a century’s worth of heartbreak by defeating the Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. In true Cleveland way, they did it against all odds by becoming the only team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals and win a title. It took a superhuman effort from LeBron James, too, who became the first player ever to lead both teams in all five statistical categories for an entire series.
To nobody’s surprise, that earned LeBron the third Finals MVP of his legendary career, which puts him in some elite company. And with it being such a big occasion for both him and his beloved hometown, James made sure to remind Cleveland of its piss-poor luck following their Game 7 victory by giving the world a sparknotes version of ESPN‘s documentary Believeland.
“You know, just knowing what our city has been through, Northeast Ohio has been through as far as our sports and everything for the last 50-plus years,” James said. “You can look back to the Ernest Byner fumble, Elway going 99 yards to Jose Mesa not being able to close out the bottom of the ninth, to the Cavs going to the Finals, I was on that team in 2007, us getting swept and then last year us losing 4-2 and so many more stories.”
That prompted Cleveland fans to celebrate the victory by … climbing onto firetrucks?
This is pure insanity pic.twitter.com/gtfwauBsMm
— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) June 20, 2016
In their defense, it could’ve been worse. While the celebrations were mainly peaceful through the night, it was initially reported that a group of fans stole a firetruck. That was later dispelled by the Cleveland Police, although it’s funny how they buried the lead.
See, the fire truck was not stolen. This, however, is not okay. pic.twitter.com/wqoK6idMYD
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) June 20, 2016