After the tough loss in Game One, there could have been no doubt that the Cavaliers would be looking to prove themselves in the face of their first post season adversity.
At first, it seemed as though their plan would come off without a hitch as the Cavs jumped out to an early 23-point lead.
Yet the initial pounding the Cavs unleashed served more to remind fans of Game One’s amazing second quarter comeback than assure Cleveland’s supremacy.
And as the minutes ticked by, it was déjà vu all over again. The Magic managed to climb back into the game and by the fourth quarter they were down only four points.
Lewis and Turkoglu lead the offensive charge while Howard provided much needed defensive stops.
Just as with Game One, the real excitement came in the fourth quarter. As the Magic and Cavs traded baskets neither team was able to pull away. This was the kind of game basketball fans live for. This was a down to the wire, anything can happen, don’t blink or you might miss it kind of game.
With less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 93, it felt as though the Magic just might pull out another miraculous win.
When LeBron James was actually called for traveling with 30 seconds left in the game, it seemed as though anything was possible.
The tie score and the imminent Magic inbound with time winding down brought the crowd to their feet and no doubt had home viewers literally on the edge of their seat.
With emotions running high, Turkoglu took the inbound pass. From the moment he got the ball in his hands, he was determined to score. As the 6-foot-10 guard dribbled the ball from side to side, it was obvious that this was his play, this was his shot, this was his game.
In control, Turkoglu took the ball into the paint and hit a jump shot, leaving just :01 left on the clock. This meant that the Cavs would have almost no time to orchestrate a game winning play.
An unfamiliar hush came over the Quicken Loans Arena as Cavs fans faced reality: their once indestructible team was teetering on the edge of falling into a 2-0 hole.
But the game wasn’t over yet.
The Cavs had time for one more play, and no one doubted that it would have to be a catch and shoot, and it would have to come from LeBron James. In Game One, he passed up taking the last shot and potential game winner. Instead he had kicked the ball out to Williams.
Not this time.
James took the inbound from Williams and hardly seemed to pause before he shot off the game winning three. The arena exploded as James was buried in a rush of teammates. Also buried was talk of James’ inability to finish a game.
With the series tied, Game Three is sure to bring out just as much energy and emotion from both teams. Both games have been decided by only one point, and it’s still anybody's series.
Will the Cavs be able to stay on track for the NBA Finals, or can the Magic pull another win out of their hat? Either way, it will be fun to watch.