Just when things seemed bleak for the Cavs last night, Lebron James took the team on his back, and carried them to victory. He spread the ball around in the first few quarters, got his team involved (except for Wally Szczerbiak, because that seems near impossible), and helped the Cavs mount a big lead early. But the Magic missed the panic button again, and slowly worked their way back to a 1-point halftime deficit.
After a 9-0 run from Orlando to start the third, it didn't look good for the Cavs. But Lebron proved his shoulders could carry the weight of his teammates, the city of Cleveland, his sponsorships, and his salary once again, leading the Cavs back and past the Magic on Thursday night. He had a hand in 32 consecutive points for the Cavs (between points and assists)!! He also had a game high, 37 points, 17 of which came in the fourth. James also added 14 boards and 12 assists to his un-Earthly stat package. Vince Carter was 1/2 man, 1/2 amazing. James might just be all amazing.
With one win in the books, the Cavs still have two more to go to pull off one of the amazing comebacks in NBA Conference Finals history. It's a daunting task for a man who seems all alone in the fourth quarter. Mo Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Daniel Gibson carried their own weight for most of the game, but it was Lebron James, alone, that carried the team in the closing minutes. If Williams and Gibson can keep their shots flowing, and West, Ilgauskas, Wallace and Varejao can continue to play their roles well, the Cavs could pull this thing off. One win in Orlando, that's all they need. Lebron won't let this team lose in front of its home faithful. If Cleveland can pull off the upset over O-town in Game 6 (no I'm not talking about the boy band), the Cavs can, and I think will, take this series.
All we can do is witness and believe.
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