Not Even Dwight Howard's Magic Could Stop the King: But Cavs Drop Game One

Sean FearonCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

CLEVELAND - MAY 20: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the hoop against the Orlando Magic 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 Elsa/Getty Images)

On any other night Dwight Howard's performance on both ends would have been astonishing. I mean 30 points and 13 boards are fantastic numbers. That is if LeBron James wasn't on the same court.

Removing any doubt that he is the rightful MVP, and the possible heir to Jordan's throne, Mr.James posted numbers of an unprecedented calibre, however, all in a losing effort.

Mo Williams' bomb from New York City to beat the second quarter horn wasn't enough, nor was LeBron's clinic on the defensive end.

Dwight Howard's Magic scraped through James' 49 point, 8 assist, 6 rebound, 2 steal, and 3 block performance to earn a well deserved 107-106 crunch time victory.

Never before have we seen a player so versatile and abnormally talented, who blocks Superman's dunk on one end and nails a trey seconds later on the other

LeBron swooped from coast-to-coast all night long, conveying his aerial acrobatics and elegant shooting touch like never before.

Oh wait, I seem to recall witnessing this, something like 81 times this season.

The Defensive player of the year was left gaping at these incredible feats of athleticism. He did have a lot of time, having fouled out late in the fourth, he was relegated to the bench to watch his teammates slug through the remainder of this gripping clash.

But give the Magic their credit, where warranted. Cleveland would have won it, if it were'nt for the clutch heroics of Rashard Lewis and Micheal Pietrus. Lewis racked up 12 fourth quarter points, the majority of which came in the medium of three balls and jump-shots.

And after about 100 million dollars of talent sprang to the floor to corral a loose ball, with seconds remaining, James won the jump ball and Mo Williams threw up a "Hail Mary" jumper to win the game but couldnt sink it.

From here I will not dictate a pretty standard box-score (apart from Dwight and LeBron's numbers) that is easily obtained from the NBA website. Rather, I wish to offer Stan Van Gundy some advice.

"Ahem" Although the Cavs dropped game one...

Find a way to stop the King, or it's gonna be a long series.


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