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Watch John Legend Sing the National Anthem Before 2016 NBA Finals

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John Legend warms up prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors during the 2016 NBA Finals Game One on June 2, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.

John Legend brought his A-game when he sang the national anthem before game one of the 2016 NBA Finals.

The Oscar, Golden Globe and 10-time Grammy winner took center court at the Oracle Arena in Oakland Thursday night (June 2) as the defending champion Golden State Warriors began their championship battle with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The Warriors, led by two-time MVP Steph Curry, prevailed over Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, which went to a deciding seventh contest (and is now recognized as TNT's most watched program ever). The "Dubs" are coming off the all-time regular season record of 73-wins and 9-losses.  

The Cavs, led by one of the all-time greats of the sport, LeBron James, and runners-up last season, outplayed the Toronto Raptors to claim the Eastern Conference title. 

Watch Legend’s performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” below.

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