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The Cleveland Cavaliers, also known as the Cavs, are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division. The team began play in 1970. Since 1994, the team has played its home games at Quicken Loans Arena, which is shared with the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
Many past and present top NBA players, including LeBron James, Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, have spent most or all of their careers playing for the Cavaliers. The franchise has won five Central Division championships (1976, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016), three Eastern Conference championships (2007, 2015, 2016), one NBA championship (2016), and have reached the playoffs 20 times in their 46-year history. The 2016 NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors marked the first time in Finals history a team had come back to win the series after trailing three games to one. The Cavaliers, however, also have a number of dubious distinctions, such as former owner Ted Stepien’s tenure, which led the NBA to create a rule regulating the trading of draft picks, known as the “Stepien rule”, and a 26-game losing streak in 2010–11, which, at the time, tied the record for the longest losing streak in major American professional sports.