Former U. S. Secretary of State Lewis Cass famously said, "People may doubt what you say but they will believe what you do."
After the Cavaliers lost the home-court advantage in Game One, on two missed shot attempts by guys other than the 2009 MVP, in the final seconds of the game, a throng of doubters sprang up questioning LeBron James' decision to pass the ball with the game on the line.
Facing the same scenario in the final moments of Game Two, with the game and the Cavaliers' season hanging in the balance, King James left no room for doubters.
"I told Mo whatever it was going take for me, I was going get the ball," proclaimed Cleveland's superstar forward in his post-game news conference.
The Orlando Magic took every punch the Cavaliers had thrown, then threw a few back of their own surging back from a 23-point first half deficit to leading the game by two points 95-93, after Hedo Turkoglu (22 pts, 4 asts) swished a running jumper from the free-throw line leaving only a second remaining on the clock.
The reality of being down 0-2 was beginning to set in for the Cavs and their fans. You could hear a pin drop in the capacity arena as the deflated Quicken Loans crowd held their collective breathes in disbelief. Enter LeBron James.
"It was the biggest shot I've made in my career." said James (35 pts, 4 rebs, 5 asts) "Those are the moments you practice as a kid, a basketball player in the backyard or the gym and you just [countdown] 5..4..3..2..1 ...annnnkkk, swish! To hit a shot like that at the buzzer at home was like, wow!"
Cavaliers' head coach Mike Brown told his team in the practice before the game to make things tougher on Dwight "Superman" Howard in the paint. The strategy worked to perfection. The foul-line was Howard's kryptonite in the second game. He was 50% from the stripe hitting on only four of eight attempts.
The Magic dominated the Cavs in every statistical category after the first quarter but fell short and lost containment on "Big game" James on the final play and were made "witnesses" of his greatness.
"It was one second left and LeBron threw up a shot and it was crazy watching the ball when he threw it up", said D. Howard (10 pts, 18 rebs, 4 asts, 2 blocks) "It was like watching a movie the ball was spinning and he hit the shot."
The Eastern Conference Finals series now shifts down south to Orlando, FL for Game Three and Game Four. The first two games were decided by single digits on the final plays and the series promises to have more excitement and drama as these teams battle for the right to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
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