CLEVELAND -- They laughed. They hugged. They cried.
This was unfamiliar territory for Cleveland sports fans.
Celebrating a real-life championship team. But after over four decades of heartbreak, they were finally rewarded for their undying loyalty.
Behind Akron's own LeBron James and his sidekick Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers snapped Cleveland's 52-year championship drought by becoming the first team in NBA history to rally back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to capture the title.
On Sunday night, Cleveland defeated defending champion Golden State 93-89 in Game 7 at Oracle Arena with Irving delivering the game-winning 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining. The final buzzer sounded a short time later and a euphoric celebration began.
"I can't wait to get back home," said James, who delivered on his promise to get one for supporters in Northeast Ohio two seasons after returning to Cleveland.
So, about all that anger ... all seems forgiven now.
More than 20,000 Cavs fans gathered inside and outside Quicken Loans Arena to watch it on the Jumbotron.
This is their forever moment.
"This is a miracle," said John Polance, 70, of Mogadore, Ohio. "For LeBron to come back and deliver us this championship, he deserves everything he gets."
Polance was in college at Bowling Green when the Cleveland Browns won it all in 1964. He listened to that game on the radio. This, he said, was better.
"Dear God, thank you so much," Ann Domeck said.
"I have tears in my eyes," said Kevin Hodge, a 34-year-old barber from Cleveland Heights.
Tickets for the watch party were sold out in a couple of minutes.
Alec Wilson, 18, received a pair from his mother, who got them from the secondary market, where they were fetching a couple hundred dollars each, and went with his father. The two had a Father's Day they'll never forget.
"I'm in disbelief," said Wilson, of Youngstown. "LeBron should be on Mount Rushmore."
As fans hit the streets after the title game, rumors swirled that a fire truck had been stolen in Cleveland. The police department dispelled that.