Facing elimination for the first time in the playoffs, Cleveland needed a heroic performance to lift them from a 3-1 deficit and avoid being shut down in merely five games.
Last night, their prayers were answered.
LeBron had his first triple-double of the series, grabbing 14 rebounds, giving 12 assists, and scoring 37 points, 17 of which came in the last quarter, as the Cav's stormed back into the lead after losing a double digit advantage in the first half and eventually won the game, 112-102.
Game 6 will be back in Orlando on Saturday night.
Unlike the previous games, King James finally got some help as Mo Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Daniel Gibson had their best games of the Eastern Conference Finals with 24, 16, and 11 points respectively.
“My guys, they had made shots through the first three quarters, so I knew it was going to be an opportunity for me to probably press the gas a little bit on the offensive end,” noted the Chosen One of his teammates performance. “I always feel like myself, individually, I can always get going any part of the game.”
“(Getting off to a fast start) was huge,” agreed Mo Williams. “We have been talking about all series taking pressure off LeBron, and I think it’s key for me and Delonte to be aggressive.”
Delonte West scored 13 points before leaving late in the Fourth quarter due to a hip pointer.
If they win Saturday and Monday, they would become the ninth NBA team to win a series after being down 3 games to 1. As a San Jose Sharks fan that went though a similar scenario not too long ago, all I can say to Cleveland fans is don't get you hopes up. At least not yet.