Witnesses: Thousands greet Cavs in Cleveland

1:57 PM ET

CLEVELAND — LeBron James said he wanted to bring a championship trophy home to Cleveland.

And that’s just what he did on Monday afternoon — literally.

James and the Cavaliers arrived in Cleveland just after 12:30 p.m. ET to great fanfare at Hopkins International Airport. James emerged from the plane with the Larry O’Brien Trophy in hand, causing thousands of fans in attendance to go crazy.

He then paraded the trophy around the perimeter of a fence that separated the team charter from the fans, who chased after him in droves to get a closer look.

The Cavs captured the first major sports title in Cleveland since 1964 on Sunday night by beating the defending champion Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Traffic was so bad on nearby roadways that many fans just got out of their cars and walked a mile to the location.

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