LeBron James hits on all cylinders
May 27-June 4, 2007 News of the Day (AP Photo)
Cleveland – Before 20,562 cheering fans in Cleveland, LeBron James took control of NBA playoff game and led the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Detroit Pistons 88-82. The hot-shooting All-Star guard scored 32 points, collected 9 rebounds and passed for nine assists in helping the Cavs pull to within one game in the Eastern Conference finals – a 2 games to 1 Detroit lead.
LeBron James scored 12 points in the 4th quarter, including a 3-pointer with 2:34 on the clock and also connected on a 16-foot jump shot with 23 seconds to go as the hometown crowd shouted with glee. The victory was the first for Cleveland in the conference finals since way back on May 25, 1999 against Chicago.
Game 4 LeBron James stars again:
The results clearly show that although the Cleveland Cavaliers were trailing starting the 4th quarter to the Detroit Pistons yesterday, May 29, 2007, the fans in attendance were looking for LeBron James to come to the their rescue, and, indeed he did. LeBron James scored 14 points in the last quarter, 25 for the night, and Cav’s rookie guard, Daniel Gibson scored 21 points to offset a 23-point game by Pistons Chauncey Billups. The Cavaliers 91-87 comeback win tied the NBA Eastern Conference finals at 2 games apiece.
Game 5 LeBron James scored a playoff career high 48 points, and basketeted all of the Cavaliers last 25 points, and 29-of-the Cav's last 30 points. The 109-107 win in double-overtime sent the Cavs up 3-games to 2 over the Pistons. His brillant display of end of the game shooting will live on in the minds of basketball fans as one on the all-time best performances.
Game 6 LeBron James was double-teamed all-night-long the 22-year-old basketball wonder scored 20 points on 11 attempts, had 8 assists and grabbed 14 rebounds. Rookie teammate, Daniel Gibson took over and paced both teams with a splendid shooting night, scoring 31 points, making 12-of-15, including 19 points in the last quarter of play enabling Clerveland to win 98-82 and advance to the NBA Finals for the first time ever. The Cavs will play San Antonio on Thursday.
A heralded young star LeBron James debuted into the NBA as a 19-year old in 2003-2004 and quickly rose to stardom with his excellent all-around play.