Welcome home, Champs! Cavaliers back in Cleveland after winning NBA Championship

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Your NBA Champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are back in Cleveland, bringing home the first championship our city has seen in over half a century.

The wine and gold made history Sunday night, beating the Golden State Warriors after being down 3-1 in the series. Unlike the previous six games, Game 7 was close all four quarters. The Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors, 93-89.

Thousands of fans gathered at the IX Center beginning very early Monday morning to welcome them home. The team arrived back in Cleveland at just before 1 p.m. to the screams and cheers of all of their supporters. LeBron James waved the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy, as he got off the plane; he also brought it up closer to fans waiting nearby.

"I feel I could cry at any minute because I never thought this would happen within my lifetime, and to have my kids be a part of it for their first championship ever is just amazing," said Dawn Rudy, of Parma.

For Harriette Lowenthal, from Shaker Heights, the win was deeply personal and inspirational.

"On Thursday, when everyone else doubted them and I was diagnosed with breast cancer and they won and then they turn around and won last night, it just gives me a lift," said Harriette Lowenthal of Shaker Heights. "If they can do this and work this hard, then I can survive too."

Many said the team's arrival brought them to tears.

"I lived through all the heartbreak, the drive, the fumble, the shot, the move," said Jon Arnold, of Twinsburg, who was there with his son. "It's amazing. Words can't describe it."

"This was about our city, this was about redemption, this was a movement," said Kathryn Hall, of Cleveland. "it's about more than a basketball game."

NBA Champions- Cavs arrive home in Cleveland

NBA Champions- Cavs arrive home in Cleveland

 

**For more, including photos, from their Vegas celebration, click here**

Cavs return home to Cleveland after NBA Championship

Cavs return home to Cleveland after NBA Championship

Parade and Rally

 

A Cavs spokesperson said team officials were set to meet with Cleveland leaders Monday to detail plans for a downtown parade and rally Wednesday. The Cavs are expected to release a route and timeline of events Tuesday.

Championship Gear

The Cavaliers Team Shop is now selling Limited Edition Official Locker Room hats and T-shirts. There was a long line when the store opened today at 8 a.m.

Other stores like DICK's Sporting Goods also have championship gear on sale, but it's disappearing fast from store shelves.

For more on gear, click here. 

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Check out some of the Game 7 highlights in the photo gallery below:

**More on the Cavs incredible journey here**

 

Kara Sutyak June 20, 201612:19 pm

They will be home soon! Thousands of fans are at the IX Center waiting for the Cavs’ return– check out this photo from SkyFOX:

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The Cavs are set to land at around 12:45 p.m. — only minutes away!

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Your Cavs are back home! WELCOME HOME, CHAMPS!

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Your Cavs are back home! WELCOME HOME, CHAMPS!

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Capturing an unforgettable moment!

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What a fitting song: “We are the Champions” playing as the Cavs return home to Cleveland!

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