Lebron James showed exactly why he was voted this year’s MVP. Cleveland’s 112-102 triumph over the Magic last night meant that Lebron and Cavs would live to see another day in the NBA playoffs.
James had his fourth career playoff triple double with 37 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists, as he pushed the series to 3-2 with the Magic having another chance to close it out when they return to Orlando to play Saturday.
I said a few days ago that Lebron’s kingdom was crumbling and it most certainly was. However, look what happens when he gets help from his teammates. The Cavs came out strong and scored a 2009 playoff high 35 points in the first quarter, setting the pace for the game, letting the Magic know they were not going to roll over and die. As most people could have guessed, the Magic came storming back to cut the lead to one and head into halftime with a score of 56-55 favoring Cleveland.
Lebron put his stamp on the second half as he either assisted or scored in 31 consecutive points stretching from the end of the 3rd quarter and deep into the 4th. It was great to see Lebron get his teammates involved as they rose to the occasion to contribute half of Cleveland’s 34 points in the 4th quarter.
Statistic of the night: In the entire game, Lebron alone had as many assits as the entire Magic team, 12.
4 of the 5 Cleveland starters scored in double figures, which is the first time that’s happend in the series. Mo Williams finally broke out of his slump as he scored a series high 24 points and went 6-9 from the land of 3. Finally, the supporting cast for Cleveland showed up to play.
If you were watching game, what really propelled James and the Cavs was his teammates ability to knock down open looks, which forced Orlando to spead its defense. This allowed Lebron to go one on one with Orlando’s Michael Pietrus, making him look helpless as Lebron torched him several times with an array of jump shots and strong drives and dishes.
Game 6 is on Saturday in Orlando. With their backs still up against the wall, will Lebron’s gang show up to bring the series back to Cleveland for a game 7 showdown?