Young Fella's Got Heart, Lewis Hits Game Winner, Magic Take 1-0 Lead

RD LockhartContributor IMay 25, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 20:  Rashard Lewis #9 of the Orlando Magic celebrates after hitting a shot late in the game giving the Magic the lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 20, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The fans in Cleveland are still in shock.

 

The Cavaliers played a perfect game for about two and a half quarters, then slowly melted away a 14-point lead and the home court advantage in their 107-106 Game One loss against Dwight Howard and the upstart Orlando Magic.

The Cleveland crowd  watched helplessly as the game slipped right through the fingers of the Cavs.

Howard (30 pts,13 rebs) had a front-row seat after he fouled out late in the fourth quarter—but his services would not be needed.

After LeBron gave the Cavs the slim advantage 106-104, Rashard "Young Fella" Lewis provided the three-point dagger to silence the crowd and complete the jaw-dropping display.

The Cavaliers fell in love with the high-flying thunderous LeBron show early on—but when their MVP showed signs of mortality late, his teammates were invisible down the stretch.

James (49 pts, 8 asts, 6 rebs) did all he could to will his team to victory driving to the basket in the final moments of the game but the Magic's defense stiffened closing down the paint forcing him to kick the ball back out but the Cavs rotated the ball to Delonte West, who missed a wide open and unnecessary three-pointer. Two steps forward, he probably sinks the 20-footer and the home fans go home with smiles.

The Cavs would earn a jump ball after a scrum under their basket, but with only 1.0 remaining their hopes laid in an off-balanced heave from Williams that clanged the back of the rim, sending the Cavs to their first playoff defeat.

Orlando now holds the keys to the castle, ahead 1-0 in the series having at best already earned a split in Cleveland.