Over the seven-game series, James averaged 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists, with an effective field goal percentage of 53.3. He became the third player to have a triple-double in Game 7 of the Finals, joining Jerry West in 1969 and James Worthy in 1988.
"Best player on the planet,'' Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving said.
James previously won two consecutive Finals MVPs in 2012 and 2013, when he notched his first two titles with the Miami Heat. He then returned to Cleveland as a free agent in July 2014. In addition to delivering the city its first major sports championship since 1964, James also led the Cavs in becoming the first team in NBA history to rally from a 3-1 series deficit to win the Finals.
When asked by ESPN's Doris Burke why this title is different, James said, "I'm home. I'm home. This is what I came back for."
James punctuated his historic Finals performance with a dramatic final two minutes of Game 7. With the game tied at 89-89, James pursued the reigning Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, on a Warriors fast break and recorded one of his trademark "chasedown blocks" as he rejected Iguodala's layup attempt.
Moments later, with the Cavaliers leading 92-89, James took a hard spill to the floor after being fouled by Draymond Green. He writhed in pain and held his right wrist before returning to his feet, then draining one of two foul shots to extend Cleveland's lead to 93-89 with 10 seconds remaining.
"You see his basketball talent, the way he can control a game," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "But the reason why he deserves this is because he has a great heart ... and great things happen to great people."
James is now 4-2 all time in Game 7s, including 2-0 when those ultimate games come in the NBA Finals.