CLEVELAND - LeBron James made a new guarantee: Game 6.
With Cleveland's wondrous season on the line, James had 37 points, 14
rebounds and 12 assists in Game 5 last night, and Mo Williams - who predicted
his team would come back from a 3-1 deficit and win this series - added 24
points in the Cavaliers' 112-102 win over the Magic.
Orlando will host Game 6 tomorrow.
"I mean, this was a big game for us," James said. "You never want to
disappoint the home crowd by not coming out and play as hard as you can. It was
win or go home."
The Magic overcame a 22-point first-quarter deficit and took an eight-point
lead in the third but missed its first opportunity to close out the Cavs,
trying to become just the ninth team since 1947 to win a series after being
down 3-1. Orlando will have two more tries to reach the NBA Finals for the
first time since 1995.
For Cleveland, a city banking on James to deliver a championship after a
45-year drought, the MVP again was in a league of his own. James scored 21
points in the second half - 17 in the fourth quarter - and had a hand in 29 of
Cleveland's 34 points in the final 12 minutes.
rebounds before fouling out with 2:22 left when he tried to stop James on a
Not even Superman was denying James. And this time Williams, his trusty
sidekick all season, showed up to help him, as did Zydrunas Ilgauskas (16
7," Gibson told the crowd afterward.
The Magic twice ended series on the road this postseason, winning a Game 6
while it looked as if Orlando might do it again, taking a 79-78 lead into the
fourth quarter after having trailed 32-10.
But after James assisted on two three-pointers, Cleveland turned to its
superstar every time down on offense, spreading the floor and forcing the Magic
to defend him. If he wasn't backing down the lane, he was getting to the line
or setting up his teammates from the perimeter. "The game is basically all
LeBron, all the time," Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. "If he gets in the
paint, it's automatically a foul. One of the things we have to do, we can't
keep putting him on the line 20 times a game. We have to find a way to stop